former city state in Central America in present-day southern Mexico

Palenque (Bàak' in Modern Maya) is a Maya archeological site near the Usumacinta River in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It is a medium-sized site, much smaller than large sites like Tikal or Copán. It does, however, contain good examples of architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings of the Maya time Archived 2022-07-05 at the Wayback Machine.

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Collage of Palenque.
Palenque is located in Mesoamerica
Location within Mesoamerica
Alternate nameBàak', Lakamha
Coordinates17°29′2.32″N 92°2′46.78″W / 17.4839778°N 92.0463278°W / 17.4839778; -92.0463278
PeriodsLate Preclassic to Early Postclassic
CulturesMaya civilization
Site notes
Official namePre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, iii, iv
Inscription1987 (11th Session)
Area1,772 ha

The city of Palengue also is home to The Temple of Inscriptions, inside lies the sarcophagus of Pacal the Great.


  • Stuart, David (2005) The Inscriptions from Temple XIX at Palenque. Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute. ISBN 0-934051-10-0

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Coordinates: 17°29′2.4″N 92°2′49.20″W / 17.484000°N 92.0470000°W / 17.484000; -92.0470000