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Palenque, Maya city in Chiapas, Mexico

Palenque is a medium-sized site, much smaller than such huge sites as TikalChichen Itza, or Copán, but it contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings that the Mayas produced. Much of the history of Palenque has been reconstructed from reading the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the many monuments; historians now have a long sequence of the ruling dynasty of Palenque in the 5th century and extensive knowledge of the city-state's rivalry with other states such as Calakmul and Toniná. The most famous ruler of Palenque was K'inich Janaab Pakal, or Pacal the Great, whose tomb has been found and excavated in the Temple of the Inscriptions.

Here some photos:

The A-shaped Corbel-arch is an architectural motif observed throughout the complex.

The Palace most unique and recognizable feature is the four-story tower known as The Observation Tower.

Backside of The Palace.

Tablet of the Warriors. 7th Century A.D., Palenque Museum.

The Palenque Museum offers a walk through the funerary chamber of “Pakal the Great” to give visitors an idea of the original monument.