Templo de la Cruz


Steep steps climb to the Templo de la Cruz, the largest and most elegantly proportioned in Grupo de las Cruces. The stone tablet in the central sanctuary shows the lord of the underworld smoking tobacco on the right and Kan B’alam in full royal attire on the left. Behind is a reproduction of a panel depicting Kan B’alam’s accession.

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1. Grupo de las Cruces

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4. Templo del Sol

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5. Acrópolis Sur

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6. Templo XVII

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7. Templo XXI

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8. Templo XX

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Discovered in 1999, Templo XX contains a red-frescoed tomb built in 540 that is currently Palenque's most active dig. Archaeologists began restoration…