Lakam Ha (Palenque)

Names: Palenque (Spanish, "stockade of wood"); Lakam Ha (original Maya name, "big water"); Otolum (Chol Maya, "fortified place")
Type of site: Mayan ruins
Dates: 300-900 AD (peaked 600-700)
Size: Entire site: 25 square miles (65 km²) (less than 35% excavated)
Temple of the Inscriptions: 75 feet (23 m) high
Location: Just outside the city of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.

Surrounded by a dense jungle forest in a dramatic mountain setting, Palenque is widely regarded as the most atmospheric and impressive of Mexico's Mayan ruins.
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