Travel Tuesday: Zaculeu

Here’s today’s offering, Zaculeu.

Huehuetenango - Zaculeu3

The ruins at Zaculeu, capital of the Mam Mayans, are astoundingly impressive, even though a 1940s restoration effort obscured much of their magnificence. Zaculeu was both a religious center and a fortress. It was somewhat successful as a fortress until the Spanish came in 1525 and starved the Mam into surrender. The Mam built their pyramids, temples, palaces and other buildings around plazas. The buildings reflect the Mam and K’iche’, an earlier conqueror, architectural styles. Most of the buildings were constructed between the third and seventh centuries. Located close to Huehuetenango, Zaculeu is still used as a ceremonial site today

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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