The Pre-Columbian Ruins of Copan

The settlement of Copan is one of the most fascinating ancient ruins left behind in the world. In 1839, a traveler named John Lloyd Stephens remarked that "Copan lay before us like a shattered bark in the midst of the ocean".

The settlement at Copan, located between Honduras and Guatemala, achieved its greatest standing during the 5th century under the ruler the Great Lord Quetzal Macaw. The Great Lord was named after two of the most prominent birds in the area and he left a legacy of a settlement that thrived until the 12th century.


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When Colombia is used in the romance language it's spelled like "Colombia".

In the English language it's spelled "Columbia". The author of the article is correct in the spelling.
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True story: at work today I was editing the Copan section of Lonely Planet's new Guatamala guide, and had to stop because the cartographer hadn't finished the Copan map. So I thought 'I'll take a break and look at Neatorama.' And there was this link, to cool pics of Copan that make the place suddenly seem much more interesting... thanks!
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