Architecture of Honduras
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Among the earliest still standing architecture in Honduras
is the Mayan city of Copan, which is an impressive stone city. However the Mayan
power was centered north of Honduras and the city of Copan was a distant city, whose
architecture is impressive, but clearly a peripheral city compared to Tikal and
Chichen Itza. There are few other early architectural monuments in Honduras from
this time until the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500s.
Despite the lack of historic buildings, the historic styles continued to be built
through this time and into the modern age. The indigenous people have various architectural
styles and in some parts of the country these styles are quite distinct as each
uses different materials, including adobe, mud, clay, or even simple tree branches.
With the arrival of the Spanish a new style arrived as they
had a tendency to build churches in the European styles of
the time and built houses with either adobe or in a more Mediterranean Spanish style
with red tiled roofs. The churches though were more impressive and many are built
in the Baroque style, although numerous adaptations were made, most notably in the
addition of adobe. The Spanish also changed the urban planning of cities as each
was centered around a central square, which generally consisted of a church and
government buildings. Today the best of the Spanish colonial architecture can be
found in Santa Barbara and Tegucigalpa.