Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationDepartment of Izabal
CoordinatesN15 16 14.124 W89 2 24.9
Inscription Date1981
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
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; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
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
All ThreatsWater rain/water table
All ThreatsWind
All ThreatsErosion and siltation/ deposition
All ThreatsStorms
Unesco Reference Number149
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionInhabited since the 2nd century A.D., Quirigua had become during the reign of Cauac Sky (723–84) the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. The ruins of Quirigua contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and an impressive series of carved stelae and sculpted calendars that constitute an essential source for the study of Mayan civilization.
StatusWorld Heritage Site