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Photograph of the east face of the staircase of Temple I

Temple I Information

Located in the Great Plaza, this mortuary temple was built for Tikal's 26th ruler, Jasaw Chan K'awiil. The building date is unknown as it is unclear if Jasaw built it before his death or if his son, Yik'in, constructed it in honor of his deceased father.

In contrast to Egyptian pyramids, to which they are often erroneously compared, Maya 'step pyramids' served numerous functions besides mortuary ones, and were constructed not from large, solid stone blocks but from smaller, cut stone blocks on top of a rubble-fill core.

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