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Mayan Temples of Palenque, Mexico

The Mayan Temples of Palenque sit at the foot of the northernmost hills of the Chiapas highlands, being one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico, with more than a thousand visitors venturing here each day. Official guides are on-hand here, offering an informative two-hour tour, plus vendors selling refreshments and souvenirs can be found along the many paths through the ruins.

The Temple of the Inscriptions (the largest pyramid), is a monument specifically built as a tribute to King Pakal after he died in 683 A.D. and is where his burial chamber lies. Inside the temple, the walls are covered in hieroglyphics describing the family tree of King Pakal, but the crypt itself is closed to the public.

The Temple of the Cross, Temple of the Sun, and Temple of the Foliated Cross are also part of the Palenque site. Each graceful temple is built on top of a pyramid and houses original art in the form of sculpted stone and stucco panels, as well as painted murals.