The   Palace  , a complex of several connected and adjacent buildings and courtyards, was built by several generations on a wide artificial terrace during four century period. The Palace was used by the Mayan aristocracy for bureaucratic functions, entertainment, and ritualistic ceremonies. The Palace is located in the center of the ancient city.

The Palace, a complex of several connected and adjacent buildings and courtyards, was built by several generations on a wide artificial terrace during four century period. The Palace was used by the Mayan aristocracy for bureaucratic functions, entertainment, and ritualistic ceremonies. The Palace is located in the center of the ancient city.

  Within the Palace there are  numerous sculptures and bas-relief     carvings  that have been conserved.

Within the Palace there are numerous sculptures and bas-relief carvings that have been conserved.

  The  A-shaped Corbel-arch    is an architectural motif observed throughout the complex. The Corbel arches require a large amount of masonry mass and are limited to a small dimensional ratio of width to height providing the characteristic high ceilings and narrow passageways.

The A-shaped Corbel-arch is an architectural motif observed throughout the complex. The Corbel arches require a large amount of masonry mass and are limited to a small dimensional ratio of width to height providing the characteristic high ceilings and narrow passageways.

 Part of the  Temple of the Inscriptions  with the a passageway leading through a long stairway to  Pakal's tomb .

Part of the Temple of the Inscriptions with the a passageway leading through a long stairway to Pakal's tomb.

 Break-through in the  Palance  between walls.

Break-through in the Palance between walls.

  The Palace most unique and recognizable feature is the four-story tower known as  The Observation Tower . The Observation Tower like many other buildings at the site exhibit a mansard-like   roof.

The Palace most unique and recognizable feature is the four-story tower known as The Observation Tower. The Observation Tower like many other buildings at the site exhibit a mansard-like roof.

  Stone carvings  at the Palace.

Stone carvings at the Palace.

 The  Temple of the Sun.

The Temple of the Sun.

 The  Temple of the Foliated Cross .

The Temple of the Foliated Cross.

  The  Temple of the Cross  is the largest and most significant pyramid within a complex of temples at the Maya   ruins of Palenque.

The Temple of the Cross is the largest and most significant pyramid within a complex of temples at the Maya ruins of Palenque.

  The  bas-relief carvings  reveal Chan Bahlum receiving the great gift from his predecessor. The cross motif found at the complex allude to the names given to the temples, but in reality the cross is a representation to the World Tree   that can be found in the center of the world according to Mayan mythology.

The bas-relief carvings reveal Chan Bahlum receiving the great gift from his predecessor. The cross motif found at the complex allude to the names given to the temples, but in reality the cross is a representation to the World Tree that can be found in the center of the world according to Mayan mythology.

   The Palace   , a complex of several connected and adjacent buildings and courtyards, was built by several generations on a wide artificial terrace during four century period. The Palace was used by the Mayan aristocracy for bureaucratic functions, entertainment, and ritualistic ceremonies. The Palace is located in the center of the ancient city.

The Palace, a complex of several connected and adjacent buildings and courtyards, was built by several generations on a wide artificial terrace during four century period. The Palace was used by the Mayan aristocracy for bureaucratic functions, entertainment, and ritualistic ceremonies. The Palace is located in the center of the ancient city.

 Overview about  The Palace  from the Temple of the Sun.

Overview about The Palace from the Temple of the Sun.

  A  court  for playing the Mesoamerican Ballgame.

A court for playing the Mesoamerican Ballgame.

 Living quarters "Group of Bats".

Living quarters "Group of Bats".

  An interesting  stone bridge  over the Otulum River some distance below the Aqueduct.

An interesting stone bridge over the Otulum River some distance below the Aqueduct.