Templo XX


Discovered in 1999, Templo XX contains a red-frescoed tomb built in 540 that is currently Palenque's most active dig. Archaeologists began restoration work inside the tomb in 2012, and now believe that it might be the final resting place of K'uk B’alam I, an ancestor of Pakal.

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1. Templo XXI

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In 2002, archaeologists found a throne in Templo XXI with very fine carvings depicting Ahkal Mo’ Nahb', his ancestor the great Pakal, and his son U Pakal.

2. Templo XXII

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At the eastern edge of the Grupo de las Cruces.

3. Templo XIX

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In 1999, in Templo XIX, archaeologists made the most important Palenque find for decades: an 8th-century limestone platform with stunning carvings of…

4. Acrópolis Sur

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In the jungle south of the Grupo de las Cruces is the Southern Acropolis, where archaeologists have made some terrific finds in recent excavations. You…

5. Templo del Sol

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The Templo del Sol, on the west side of the Acrópolis Sur plaza, has the best-preserved roofcomb at Palenque. Carvings inside, commemorating Kan B’alam’s…

6. Templo XVII

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Between the Cruces group and the Acrópolis Sur, this temple contains a reproduction carved panel depicting Kan B’alam, standing with a spear, with a bound…

7. Templo del Jaguar

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Largely unrestored and being reclaimed by the jungle, this temple is a photographer's favorite.

8. Templo XIV

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The northernmost temple in the Grupo de las Cruces.