back First Round Table: Early Travelers to Palenque Illustration close-up

Jean Francois Maxmilien comte de Waldeck. View of the Temple of the Cross of Palenque from the Palace, showing the compound he built and lived in.

[PARI editor's note: Despite the other inaccuracies of the terrain, the existence of an ancient spring issuing from near the top of the Temple of the Cross mound was confirmed during the 1996-1997 season by the archaeologists of the Palenque Project.]

The terrain is undoubtedly from Catherwood's general view, which is equally inaccurate. A lithograph from sketches made in 1832-1833, from "Monuments Anciennes de Mexique", Paris, 1866, plate 20. Clickable photo for comparison: