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
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.