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December 24 2012

Doomsday pilgrims ‘irreparably’ damage Mayan Temple in Guatemala

An ancient Mayan temple at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Guatemala has been damaged by tourists who came there for "end of the world" celebrations.

Over 7000 locals and tourists flocked to the area on December 21 to experience what could have been ‘the end of the world’ coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar, or just another day.

"Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage," AFP quotes Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the historic site. "We are fine with the celebration, but [the tourists] should be more aware because this is a World Heritage Site," he told local media.

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