Temple of the Masks, Lamanai, Belize

By |2013-05-12T12:01:15+00:00May 15, 2013|Categories: Belize, North America, Photo of the Day|Tags: |3 Comments

Temple of the Masks Lamanai Belize

A few of the temples at Lamanai sported large masks on their facades, the first time we’ve seen this on Mayan ruins. Here, the mask had been walled over by subsequent generations of Mayans, and archeologists discovered this, and another like it on the other side of the stairs, when they began to restore the site. There are other masks behind other walls that have not been uncovered, but have been discovered by electronic means. To preserve these masks from the encroaching jungle and weather, they have been covered by fiberglass in the exact shape and color of what’s underneath, which is probably not a terrible idea.

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  1. Corinne May 16, 2013 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! I have not been to Cenral America at all, so Belize is definitely on my list. This is exactly what I want to go see. Gorgeous!

    • Tom Bartel May 16, 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

      And, the cool part if you go here is to take the river route. You can take the overland route and see nothing but dusty road. Take the river and you get to see wildlife galore on the way. Including crocodiles.

  2. […] of the pyramidal temples at Lamanai, Belize featured large masks on the facade. Some were well preserved with fiberglass coatings, others, like these, are suffering the ravages […]

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