Xunantunich

Xunantunich, "Stone Woman", was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period. Xunantunich is on one square mile (2.6 square km) site located atop a ridge above the Mopan River, within sight of the Guatemala border. The site is composed of six major plazas, surrounded by more than twenty-five temples and palaces. The most prominent structure located at the south end of the site is the pyramid "El Castillo"(The Castle) which rises 130 feet high above the plaza. "El Castillo" was the tallest man-made structure in all of Belize, until the discovery of "Canaa" at Caracol. The most notable feature on "El Castillo" is the reconstructed frieze on the east side of the lower temple.

The sign, shown below, is at the landing of the hand-cranked ferry after crossing the Mopan River.

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