Situated in the southwestern part of Honduras, Copan is considered by many one of the most spectacular Mayan cities. Discovered in 1570 by Diego Garcia de Palacio, the ruins of Copan were not excavated until the 19th century.
As it exists today, the Mayan city of Copan is composed of a main complex of ruins with several complexes encircling it. There are five basic group of attractions: the acropolis, the tunnels, the ball Court, the Hieroglyphic Stairway, and the Great Plaza.
The acropolis is divided in the west court and the east court. Temple 11 is located in the west court. It was built on top of several other structures; a small tunnel descends into the interior of the structure, possibly to the tomb, but it has not been excavated yet. Temple 16 is located between the west and east courts. It is the highest part of the Acropolis and the final version of a number of temples built one on top of the other. The earliest version of the temple is nicknamed Hunal, then there are Yehnal, Margarita, Rosalila, and Purpura, each representing a different phase. Rosalila is notable for its excellent state of preservation, including its highly elaborate painted stucco decoration.