In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments.
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In 1944, authoritarian leader Jorge Ubico was overthrown by a pro-democratic military coup, initiating a decade-long revolution that led to sweeping social and economic reforms. S.-backed military coup in 1954 ended the revolution and installed a dictatorship.
Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.From the mid to late 19th century, Guatemala experienced chronic instability and civil strife.Beginning in the early 20th century, it was ruled by a series of dictators backed by the United Fruit Company and the United States government.Today, tourism to the site may help protect the rainforest.It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.