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To the northeast, the site of Quirigua is located on the banks of the Motagua River, since it functioned as a port which controlled the flow of goods. Originally Quiriguá was under the control of Copán, but in the year 738 A.D. it became independent to capture and sacrifice to their governor. From that moment on, the governor K ‘ahk’ Tiliw Chaan Yopaat and his successor erected one of the most impressive sculptures in the world, which consists of 10 stelae of large-sized and 5 Zoomorphic sculptures with elaborate reliefs. For this reason, it was appointed by UNESCO as Heritage of Mankind in 1981.

There was only immobility and silence in the darkness, in the night. Only the creator, the Maker, Tepeu, Gucumatz, the Forefathers, were in the water surrounded with light.

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