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Palenque Archaeological Ruins
"The Palace."

Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.
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"Palenque Palace" As Seen From NW Corner Of The "Temple Of The Cross".

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"Palenque Palace" As Seen From NW Corner Of The Cross Group.

Palenque's Palace:

After leaving The Cross Group we take the trail back, continuing North and then East across the Rio Otolum to Palenque's Palace which is one of the most interesting structures in all of Mesoamerica. The Palace is a complex of courtyards separated by long rooms and corridors which was a ritual and residential area for Palenque's rulers. Many of the rooms contained ornate benches, probably used as thrones. On the walls we see holes for pegs holding tapestries used to divide rooms and to cover doorways. Built upon a three-meter-high platform, the Palace was built in several stages from the early, now-subterranean structures to the unique Tower which was erected before the city's collapse.

We have decided to walk around the Palace first before entering the Palace rooms. After completing our walk we arrive back at the SE corner of the Palace. Our first twelve photos on this page are taken during the walk.

We first look at the Palace from the SE corner as we start our second walk along the East side. We notice a roof halfway up to the right side (East NE) which covers stucco reliefs on the face of a tier. if we look to the North a little further we see a long building called House A.

Above the roof we see that five piers are decorated with reliefs. The reliefs probably are of Palenque rulers surrounded by their parents or ancestors.

These piers act as doors to "House A" located on the North East corner of the Palace. As we go through the doorway we enter a long room that opens on the West side onto the East Court Yard, which is the largest open space of the Palace. Straight West across from this patio stands House C. House B is on the South end of the Court Yard and House A-D is on the North end. House A-D is mostly destroyed on the East Court Yard. It collapsed many years ago due to a weakness in the substructure of the Palace.

Short staircases descend on each of the four sides of the East Court Yard which is a sunken courtyard. After passing through House A, if we look back toward House A we see on either side of the House a staircase are a series of reliefs dubbed the Nine Grotesques. Because of their mismatched borders and awkward framing, researchers think these panels were carved for another site, moved here, and then cut to fit. Because of injuries to the people shown on the panels, archaeologists theorize that this is a procession of humiliated enemy rulers.

Looking West across the court at "Building C" there are two panels, one on each side of the staircase. There are also six smaller ones depicting rulers in poses of submission that are set into the wall on either side. Between the six, there are six square panels with carved inscriptions that probably identify the defeated rulers.

On the north side of the courtyard, there are the remains of "House A-D" which originally held the Palace Tablet, the most elaborate relief ever found at Palenque, now located in the site museum.

"House C" is on the west side of the courtyard. The wall of its east corridor is perforated with T -shaped windows called Ik openings. To the mayan the T - shape represented the wind so it is thought that the windows were shaped that way to allow a breeze through the building.

We take a doorway which opens onto the "West Courtyard." From here we see "House D" on the northwest corner of the Palace. It is made up of two long rooms divided by a wall (perforated by Ik openings) with colonnades on the east and west sides.

As we return to the "West Courtyard" it is easy to notice the four-story Tower on the north side. The purpose of the Tower is unknown. It may have been used as an observatory or as a watchtower. Some think the Tower acted as sundial.

A small courtyard is on the south side of the Tower. There are holes in the floor which were Mayan toilets. South of the tower are located "Houses F, G, H, and I".

On the east side of the Towers court we see "House E". The room inside has a copy of the "Oval Palace Tablet", with the date 652A.D. The tablett shows Pakal seated on a double-headed jaguar throne facing his mother, Lady Sak K'uk', holding a headdress. It shows the date in which Pakal ascended to Palenque's throne. Below this relief there used to be a carved throne.

The walls of "House E" have rows of painted flowers on them. A nearby stairway descends into the rooms of the "House E" basement.

We enter the "House E" stairway and at the bottom we find underground rooms built on an east-west axis. There we take the passages to the South end of the Palace and a series of rooms. We then exit into the daylight on the middle of the southern staircase. Here George found a good place to take a break on a stone bench.

From here we walked to the North Group and to the Temple Of The Count before moving on to the Museum.

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Getting to Palenque can be somewhat of a challenge since no major airlines travel to Palenque. Here are our suggestions:

By air:
Some commercial flights arrive in Palenque coming from the Francisco Sarabia Airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Capital of the State of Chiapas. You can also charter a light aircraft to take you to Palenque.

By land:
You can drive or be driven from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Capital of the State of Chiapas, or from Villahermosa, the Capital of the State of Tabasco, located at about 284 and about 149 kilometres from Palenque, respectively.

You have to take highway 190 coming from Tuxtla Gutierrez, which goes across Chiapas in a west to southeast direction going past San Cristóbal de las Casas, and then on highway 199 leading to Ocosingo and Palenque. The trip takes approximately 5 hours.

If your drive begins at Villahermosa, you take highway 186 up to the City of Escárcega; from there you take highway 114 to the Municipality of Palenque, where there is a bifurcation towards the archaeological compound. The trip takes a little over two hours.

By train:
This is an interesting alternative that starts from Cordoba, in the State of Veracruz. The railway goes all the way up to Mérida, Capital of the State of Yucatan, it stops at the Pakal-Na Station near Palenque.

Also, you could take the "Mayan Express", a luxurious tourist service connecting Mérida and Palenque. The "Mayan Express" train has a coffee car, dinning car and club car. It also has a library specialised on pre-Hispanic cultures.

We have always driven there from either Tuxtla Gutierrez or Villahermosa. We would fly to one of those cities and then rent a car to drive to Palenque.

There are "guides" at the Gate into Palenque, if you wish to hire a "guide."

Note: There are several nice hotels in the nearby city of Palenque. There is no reason why you could not visit the Palenque ruins over a two or three day time period. That way, you could "see it all"!

We have links to Priceline on this page so you can find airlines and hotels that serve those areas.

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Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Palenque Palace,
Center East Side.
Palenque Palace,
Center East Side.
Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Palenque Palace,
East North East Corner.
Palenque Palace,
North Side.
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Palenque Palace,
North Side
Looking SE.
Palenque Palace
NNW Corner.
Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Palenque Palace,
North Side.
Palenque Palace,
North Side.
Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Alberto Ruz Lhuillier Grave. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Palenque Palace,
West Side.
Palenque Palace
WSW Corner.
Grave Of
Alberto Ruz Lhuillier.
In Foreground.
Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.George DeLange At Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Palenque Palace
South Side.
George DeLange At
Palenque Palace
South Central Side.
Stucco Reliefs. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Stucco Reliefs. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
On Top Platform.
East Side
House A
Looking South.
On Top Platform.
East Side Of
House A Looking North.
Stucco Reliefs. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Stucco Reliefs. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Stucco Reliefs
On "House A".
Outside East Wall.
Stucco Reliefs
On "House A".
Outside East Wall.
Stucco Reliefs. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Stucco Reliefs. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Stucco Reliefs
On "House A".
Outside East Wall.
Stucco Reliefs
On "House A"
Outside East Wall.
House A. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.East Court. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
This Is The
East Face Of
"House A"
Of "The Palace".
After Passing Through
"House A" This Is
The View looking SE From
Inside The "East Court".
Nine Grotesques. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Nine Grotesques. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
House A,
Looking East At
The 4 Panels Left Of Stairway.
Panels Called
The "Nine Grotesques".
House A,
Looking East At
The 5 Panels
Right Of Stairway.
Panels Called:
The "Nine Grotesques".
House B. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.House A-D. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
The View looking SE
From Inside
The "East Court"
North Side Of
"House B" In Back.
The North Steps
Looking North
From Inside
The "East Court"
Reminants Of
"House A-D" On Top.
House C. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.House C. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
This Is "House C"
Looking West
From Inside
The "East Court".
This Is "House C"
Looking WSW.
From Inside
The "East Court".
House C, Left Staircase Panel. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.House C, Right Staircase Panel. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"House C",
Left Staircase Panel.
"House C",
Right Staircase Panel.
House C, Left Wall Panels. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.House C, Left Wall Panels. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"House C",
Left Wall Panels.
"House C",
Left Wall Panels.
House C, Right Wall Panels. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.House C, Right Wall Panels. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"House C",
Right Wall Panels.
"House C",
Right Wall Panels.
House C Wall. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Ik Window. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Inside Wall
Of "House C".
T - Shaped Window
Of "House C".
These Are Called:
"Ik" Windows.
"Ik" Means Sacred Wind.
Ik Window. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.House D. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Another T - Shaped
"Ik" Window.
These Windows Go
Through Both Walls.
Looking West
Through House C.
Across West Court
At House D.
West Court. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Palace Tower. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
West Court,
Looking North.
West Part Of
"House A" In Back.
West Court,
Looking South.
NW Part Of
"Tower" In Back.
Palenque Palace Tower. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Palace Tower. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
West Court,
Looking South.
North Side Of "Tower".
West Court,
Looking South.
North Side Of "Tower".
House E. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.House E. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
SE Corner
Top Of Palace
"House E"
In Back Right.
SE Corner
Top Of Palace.
"House E
In Back Right.
One Room Of 'House E' . Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Oval Tablet . Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
One Room Of "House E".Oval Tablet Copy,
Shows Pakal
And His Mother.
Tunnel Entrance. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Underground Exit. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
"House E"
Tunnel Entrance Leads
Down To
Underground Rooms.
The Underground
Rooms Exit Here.
Underground Stairs. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Tunnel. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
We Descend
Down This Stairs.
And Walked To
This T Tunnel.
Underground Passageway. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Underground Bench. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Underground Passageway.Underground Passageway Bench.
Underground Bench. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Underground Passageway. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Underground Passageway Bench.Underground Passageway.
Underground Passageway. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Underground Bench. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Underground Passageway.Underground Passageway Bench.
Underground Bench. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Underground Passageway Exit. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Underground Passageway Bench.Underground Passageway Exit.
Temple Of The Count. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.North Group. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Walking On North Of The Palace
To The Temple Of The Count.
L To R, Temple 2 And 3
Of "The North Group".
North Group. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.North Group. Palenque Palace. Palenque Archaeological Ruins. Near Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Middle L To R,
Temple 3 And 4
Of "The North Group".
L To R,
Temple 4 And 5
Of "The North Group".

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