Mexico-2669 - Palenque

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    The Mayan site of Palenque - View from the Temple of the Cross, Palace complex to the right and Temple of Inscriptions to the left.

    Palenque is a Spanish word for "fortification". An ancient name for the city was Lakam Ha, which translates as "Great Water", for the springs and small rivers which flow from the site.

    Palenque is definitely one of the most beautiful sites in all of Mesoamerica. The richest and most elaborate tomb ever discovered in Mexico is located in the Temple of Inscriptions at Palenque. Lord Pakal's tomb is now closed as is the Temple of Inscriptions.

    The first permanent settlement of Palenque was about 300 AD. The apex of Maya civilization begins about 600 AD. During the next hundred years, the rulers of Palenque commissioned some of the best Maya artwork discovered. Most of the great structures in Palenque's central area date from this time period. These works were built by the two greatest Palenque rulers, K'inich Janaab' Pakal I and his oldest son,
    K’inich Kan B’alam II.

    After 731 AD. most construction had stopped. Unfortunately, Palenque's best known 8th century ruler, K'inich K'an Joy Chitam II, is famous only for his defeat and capture in 711 AD by the new military power of Tonina. By 810 AD. the ritual activity in Palenque comes to an end.

    Then by 900 AD. Palenque becomes deserted and reclaimed by the forest.

    alfonso-tm, Mr. FRANTaStiK, and 85 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. pavonne 35 months ago | reply

      Fascinating place... nice colors too

    2. Just Joe ( Finally getting the hang of this) 35 months ago | reply

      Great scene Dennis. That is all I can say because it speaks for itself.

    3. eepeirson - unwell 35 months ago | reply

      oh my - just magnificent, Dennis!
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      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    4. pmburrow 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture, well done!

    5. jade2k 35 months ago | reply

      Excellent photo, Dennis!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

    6. Larry Daugherty - very slow for several days! :-) 35 months ago | reply

      EXCELLENT, DENNIS!!!!!!! Very Nice for sure!!!!! It would be good to see an image of when it was at the height of activity hundreds of years ago!!!! We can only imagine now!!!! :-)

    7. champbass2 35 months ago | reply

      What an amazing visit this must have been.

    8. Bisayan lady 35 months ago | reply

      what a beautiful sight!

    9. sofarsocute (no fave & run) 35 months ago | reply

      Superb composition as always but what fantastic place !!!

    10. anacer 34 months ago | reply

      Wonderful mood, it has a touch of magic!

    11. hammy15 34 months ago | reply

      Love the angle Dennis - absolutely gorgeous

    12. The Lady of Shalot 34 months ago | reply

      This is magnificent! I like the angle.

    13. PrairieHill 34 months ago | reply

      Wow! I love this!

    14. Eustaquio Santimano 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful composition and place

    15. prdsra9 34 months ago | reply

      Compliments, I like it; Please add this photo to
      "as beautiful as you want" group

    16. MANFROMKANSAS [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

      This is one of my personel favorites from your HUGE photostream. Looks like a dream landscape!!!!

    17. Jenny Rainbow 34 months ago | reply

      Splendid view of Palenque, definitely the place which must to be visited... Beautiful bright colors!

    18. Joy Brown 33 months ago | reply

      This is so beautiful. It is like a piece of art..

    19. antonella.gilioli 26 months ago | reply

      Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this photo using a Creative Commons license. Your photo was featured in my post about ‘Programa Mundo Maya’ 2012 in Mexico in the Italian tourism blog blog.presstours.it. A link back to your photo stream has also been included with the photo credit and links to your profile at Flickr here: Messico, ‘Programa Mundo Maya’ 2012.

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