Copán was once the intellectual center of the Mundo Maya. A total of 17 rulers ruled here from 426 AD to the 9th century.
One of the most important sources for Maya research is the famous Hieroglyphic Staircase, which originally had 63 steps and was decorated with about 2500 hieroglyphs. They reflect the chronicles of Copán’s rulers and represent the longest pre-Columbian text in the Americas. (read more)