Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche



CountryMexico
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationCalakmul Municipality, Campeche Province
CoordinatesN18 7 21 W89 46 59.988
Inscription Date2002
Extension2014
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
Unesco Reference Number1061
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1061
DescriptionCalakmul, an important Maya site set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas of southern Mexico, played a key role in the history of this region for more than twelve centuries. Its imposing structures and its characteristic overall layout are remarkably well preserved and give a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital.
StatusWorld Heritage Site