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Comayagua, Old Empire, ancient languages, old capital, marimba

The interaction of both Native American and Spanish strains in Honduran cultural history is clearly visible in the architecture. Many colonial buildings show strong Native American influences combined with baroque, Renaissance, and Moorish styles imported by the Spanish.

With the exception of a few isolated Native American settlements where ancient languages and customs have been preserved, Honduras is primarily a Spanish culture today. The marimba is the most popular instrument and forms the core of many bands. Native folklore, folk music, and dances are limited, and artistic activity is concentrated around the School of Fine Arts in Comayagua, the old capital. In northwestern Honduras lies Copan, a ceremonial center of the Old Empire of the Maya and one of the most important archaeological sites in the Western Hemisphere.

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Comayagua, Old Empire, ancient languages, old capital, marimba, Copan, Western Hemisphere, baroque, folk music, Renaissance, dances, School of Fine Arts, exception, customs, interaction, core


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