Palenque, a mysterious City of Ancient Maya

The Palenque ruins look striking against the lush jungle. Three grey temple-pyramids and a palace border a grassy plaza visitors encounter entering the site. The palace was a home of kings, including the seventh century enlightened one Pakal the Great, who was buried there in the Temple of Inscription. Further on is another plaza with the Group of the Cross temples dedicated to the Maya gods. In the tenth century the city was abandoned and its ruins rich in great artworks engulfed by the jungle


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The Temple of the Count was a temporary home of an eccentric European who claimed to be a nobleman. He lived there sometimes during the 1830s. That typical Maya step pyramid crowned with the temple dates from the mid-seventh century and is considered the oldest one in Palenque.

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