Copan urban planning was based on the presence of an architectural ensemble that functioned as the seat of power throughout its history. This set included the Gran Plaza to the north and the Acropolis to the south. The northern section of the great Plaza is known as Patio del Sol and was surrounded by stairs, possibly to accommodate a wide audience during important ceremonies. Here settled a set of twenty stelae, altars, and zoomorphic sculptures. The most elaborate show a style almost three-dimensional relief, which was introduced during the reign of Waxaklajuun Ubaah K’k’awiil (18 Rabbit) who was portrayed personifying various deities. Many of the stelae were aligned according to the outputs and sunset at critical times of the solar year. To the east is another plaza, which served as the main entrance to the ceremonial center. Here you will find Stela J, unique by its registration in the form of “petate” or mat and that marks the beginning of a road that connects with the “Groupo de las Sepulturas”. To the south is the game of ball, decorated by motifs of the macaws, also the Temple 26, which contains the Hieroglyphic Stairway, which with over 2,000 glyphs is the longest pre-Hispanic text of the new world. The staircase was made during the government of several Kings and counts the dynastic history of the site until the middle of the 8th century A.D. Oldest buildings, as well as the tomb of K’ahk Uti’Witz’K’awiil, (Smoke Jaguar) have been on the inside of the temple 26 whose funeral offering included covers of incense burners with the effigy of each of its predecessors. Temple 11 served as a link between the Gran Plaza and the Acropolis, so it has a monumental stairway that leads to the top, where the ruler could appreciate ball games and lead other rituals in front of the banded crowd in the square. The inside of the Acropolis is divided into the east courtyard and west courtyard. The west courtyard is dominated by the temple 16, which symbolizes the central axis of the site and the dynastic succession, since it was erected over the grave of the founder, K’inich Yax uk Mo’. This tomb was discovered in a small building with style slope-board Teotihuacan style, which at the same time was covered by the funerary temple of his wife. Subsequently, at the beginning of the century VII B.C. it was erected the spectacular Rosalila Temple, today it is possible to appreciate it, since one of the excavation tunnels was open to receive visits. This temple was buried carefully, by which retained all its decoration in polychrome stucco, and has as its main theme the glorification of the dynastic founder. On one side of the Rosalila Temple it was built the Oropéndola Temple, which was also covered by Temple 16 in the 8th century A.D., during the government of Yax Pasaj Chaan Yopaat. Opposite to the temple 16 the Altar Q was erected, also commissioned by the same president. The altar has a quadrangular shape and portrays the 16 governors of the dynasty, thus indicating their legitimate right to the throne. The east courtyard is smaller and lacks half of its buildings, since the Copán River undermined that part of the base of the Acropolis. On the north side is the 22 Temple, whose facade symbolizes the jaws of a sacred. Inside is still a throne, framed by a Cosmo gram, which includes the celestial level at the top and the underworld at its bottom. Two deities Pawahtun holds the ceiling, symbolized by a two-headed snake. To the South of the Acropolis is located the “Grupo El Cemeterio” (Cementery Group), where you can see a collection of homes with high quality of architecture, so it has been considered that it was the site where the last Kings lived. Further south is Grupo El Bosque (Forest Group), featuring his own game of ball, which can be accessed through the nature trail in the Park.

Then while they meditated, it became clear to them that when dawn would break, man must appear.