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Temple of the Inscriptiones, Palenque

Temple of the Inscriptiones, Palenque

Rising to the east is the structure, which is not only among the best preserved but also the one, which contains the most information. It is called the temple of Inscriptions because of three large limestone tablets with hieroglyphic inscriptions on the outside. This structure, a staired, temple-crowned pile, is decorated with stucco relief. Inside, two flights of stairs go below to an imposing crypt which houses the sarcophagus of Lord Shield 2, who ruled Palenque between 680 and 720 AD The sarcophagus itself, its monumental stone cover, and the walls of the crypt are all garnished in low reliefs. These inscriptions not only express the name, origin, and the ancestry of the chieftain; they also portray the scene of the Lord of Palenque's death. Shown in them, too, are the celestial environment and various deities, signs and symbols that together represent the Mayan vision of the cosmos.
Beyond this lies the less well-preserved Temple XIII, whose walls alone remain, and the Temple of the Skull, so-called because of a skeletal rabbit mask found inside.

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
3 Panotools-stitched images full exif

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Tim van Woensel29-May-2007 13:35
Wonderful shot, this stitching process is great!
Greg Matty03-Feb-2007 21:16
Is this one image or an HDR merge? Did you shoot this one RAW?

Jeffrey Bird 14-Nov-2006 23:50
It's a wonderful picture of an Aztec Tempal!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest 04-Jan-2004 19:07
Rich colors and a sense of haunting loneliness!
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