Templo XIII


This temple contains the tomb of a female dignitary, whose remains were found colored red (as a result of treatment with cinnabar) when unearthed in 1994. You can look into the Tumba de la Reina Roja (Tomb of the Red Queen) and see her sarcophagus.

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1. Templo de las Inscripciones Group

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As you walk in from the entrance the vegetation suddenly peels away to reveal many of Palenque’s most magnificent buildings in one sublime vista. A line…

3. Templo de la Calavera

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Also called Templo XII, this temple takes its popular name from the relief sculpture of a rabbit or deer skull at the foot of one of its pillars.

4. Templo de las Inscripciones

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Perhaps the most celebrated burial monument in the Americas, this is the tallest and most stately of Palenque’s buildings. Constructed on eight levels,…

5. Palenque Ruins

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Ancient Palenque stands at the precise point where the first hills rise out of the Gulf coast plain, and the dense jungle covering these hills forms an…

6. Templo XI

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Overgrown and of little interest, Templo XI is the first structure you'll see entering the site from the main entrance.

7. Tower

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Built in the 8th century by Ahkal Mo’ Nahb’ III and restored in 1955, the tower has remnants of fine stucco reliefs on the walls, but you’re not allowed…

8. Templo XXIV

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The height of Templo XXIV has given rise to the theory that it may also have been used for astronomical observation.