Tikal 's Grand Plaza , the Central Acropolis and Temple III to the far left.
Suddenly Tikal was no longer a "broken city," greatly through a powerful ruler named Ha Sawa Chaan-K'awil (formerly know as Ah Cacaw or Ruler A), who brought Tikal back to its position of wealth and power. He lived a long life (60 to 80 years), leading a series of successful wars against his enemies and seeing Tikal return to its greatness under his reign.To add to the image of Tikal as a renewed and vital city, two new impressive temples were planned and the North Acropolis remodeled. Unlike most buildings in Tikal, which were built over long periods of time, except for twin-pyramid complexes, which were built to commemorate katun endings, these temples were built in a rather short period of time. Ha Sawa Chaan-K'awil framed the Great Plaza with these two monumental temples, completing Temple 2 during his lifetime and leaving the construction of Temple I, his own burial ground, to be completed by his son. He probably oversaw the carving of the wooden lintels for the doorways and made detailed plans for the decoration and construction anticipating his afterlife.
Temples 1 and 2 are both majestic prototypes of local architecture and represented the type of monumental grandeur accomplished by the rulers of Tikal during the Late Classic Period. The Great Plaza became the focus of sociopolitical life at Tikal during this time. Temple 2, standing 38 meters tall (122 feet), was erected facing East toward the rising sun. Temple 1, a stylized building facing west, toward the setting sun, stands 45 meters high 144.36 feet.
Sounds of the Grand Plaza at Tikal by Sunset
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