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Summary: The Mayan City Palenque
More info: Palenque (Bàak' in Modern Maya) was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century. An ancient name for the central core of the city currently consolidated was Lakam Ha, which translates as "Big Water", for the numerous springs and wide cascades that are found within the site. The architecture of Palenque was truly inventive. The most notable structures of Palenque are the Palace (A) and the Temple of Inscriptions (B) both begun during the reign of Hanab Pacal and added to by his sons, Chan Bahlum and Kan Xul. Modern Palenque town, a few kilometers to the east, is a sweaty, humdrum place without much appeal except as a jumping-off point for the ruins.