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 259 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Carl Bovis Nature Photography 44 months ago | reply

      Amazing place and shot Dennis!

    2. Spangles44 The cheerful photographer!!!!! 44 months ago | reply

      An image forever imprinted on my memory. Super photography.

    3. marypink 44 months ago | reply

      Fantastic place and great pov. Bravo, Dennis!

    4. Pep Peñarroya 44 months ago | reply

      Great view Dennis!

    5. cannalilylady 44 months ago | reply

      A really wonderful capture, Dennis.

    6. mat56. 44 months ago | reply

      a magic place

    7. Bingee 44 months ago | reply

      always wanted to visit this site Marvelous composition , nicely presented , enjoy the weekend

    8. NICO fotografo per caso 44 months ago | reply

      Spectacular landscape, Dennis!

    9. JR's Gallery 44 months ago | reply

      Wonderful image Dennis!

    10. perfectday_s 44 months ago | reply

      A calendar shot :O)
      Beautiful composition.

    11. Larry Daugherty 44 months ago | reply

      Cool image, Dennis!!!!! A lot of history hidden in these old sites!!!! Great photo!!!! :-)

    12. green current [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on a positively impressive photograph

    13. PUIGSERVER JEAN PIERRE 44 months ago | reply

      Excellente capture !

    14. ALMOJIM ( ALFONSO M.) 44 months ago | reply

      Espectacular colorido y texturas, muy buena captura, enhorabuena, saludos

    15. Zatato 44 months ago | reply

      Eine andere Welt...

    16. flintmagazineperth 36 months ago | reply

      Thanks Denis! we used this photo in one of our articles.

    17. Anouka 33 months ago | reply

      Great shot! We credit your photo on our Facebook page: (will be published tomorrow)

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