Introduction

Palenque is built on the foothills of the Eastern Chiapas mountain range. It was once a large city covering some 16 square kilometers and comprising more than 800 structures, counting temples, platforms, substructures, palaces, bridges, aqueducts and residential units, which were built following the topography of the terrain along a roughly east-west axis that skirted the mountain range.



The foothills of the Eastern Chiapas mountain range. (Photo: Joel Skidmore.)