Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio, the ruins of Copán, one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization, were not excavated until the 19th century. The ruined citadel and imposing public squares reveal the three main stages of development before the city was abandoned in the early 10th century. (whc.unesco.org)
Series: Treasures of the World Heritage of Mankind
Authors and personalities: Peter Wendt, director ; Jens Ducker, director. Ernesto Aramayo, participant ; Pablo Kummetz, participant.
Production: Ralph Nolting, producer.16:9 Action Plan of the European Union, sponsor ; UNESCO WHC, sponsor ; ZDF Südwestfunk, sponsor.
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