The temple pictured above is El Castillo -- "the castle" -- which, at 130 feet, is the second-tallest structure in Belize (a temple at the Mayan ruins of Caracol is taller). One of Xunantunich's most arresting features is its stucco friezes, elaborate carvings like the ones on El Castillo, above.
Xunantunich means "Stone Woman" or "Maiden of the Rock" in the Mopan/Yucatec Mayan languages, referring to a red-eyed ghost woman said to climb the steps of the El Castillo temple and vanish into the rock walls.
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