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Architecture of Belize

The earliest architecture in Belize is unknown, but the people have traditionally lived in wooden stilt houses along the coast and they continue to live in such houses to this day. More impressive though are the ancient Mayan stone monuments that continue to exist and attract visitors today. The two greatest structures from this time in the country are the Mayan pyramids in Caracol and in Xunantunich.

Belizean Architecture - Xunantunich
Xunantunich

Sadly, after the Mayan Empire slowly collapsed, few buildings that were built in the country that have lasted. The local people built primarily in wood and even after the Spanish arrived in the 1500s and 1600s they built very little since the region was contested by the British. Over the next couple hundred years these battles and the eventual British occupation of the region led to few structures of any significance to be built. Among those that were built, they are primarily found in Belize City, which was mostly destroyed by hurricanes in 1931 and 1961.

Today, the best examples of colonial architecture are still found in Belize City, most notably in the buildings of St. John's Cathedral and the Paslow Building.

After the destruction of Belize City the capital was moved inland to Belmopan. This city didn't truly exist prior to 1900s and is home to most of the country's modern and post-modern architecture. Despite being the capital and center of architecture today, the city remains quite modest.

This page was last updated: March, 2013