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Country
Province
State
Place
Location
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Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 Carved statue.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 Exquisite carving.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The walls are thick against earthquakes.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 View from the monastery.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The interior courtyard.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 The elegant cloister.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yanhuitlan
 A fresco of St Christopher.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 Yagul is deserted apart from cattle.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The site was inhabited from 400 BC until the Spanish conquest.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 Yagul was at its height around 900.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The site has many pyramidal structures.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The triple tomb is one of many at Yagul.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 The ball court at Yagul is the largest in the Oaxaca Valley.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 View of the deserted ancient site.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Yagul
 Fragments of ancient sites dot the Oaxaca Valley.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 Dainzu is a deserted Zapotec site dating from 300 BC.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 The site was abandoned around 1000.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 Pyramid dating from 300 BC.
Mexico
Oaxaca Valley
Dainzu
 Partially ruined ball court.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 Palenque is a Mayan city founded in the 6th century AD and set in lush jungle.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 The site is small but has some of the best Mayan architecture.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The Palace is the site's largest building.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace dates from the 7th century.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace was constructed during the rule of King Pakal (615 to 683).
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The main staircase.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace is dominated by its observation tower.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The steep corbel arch is typical of Mayan architecture.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Mayan hieroglyphs cover the palace walls. The Mayans possessed a sophisticated writing system.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 A series of relief carvings for wich the site is famous.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Part of a stone relief.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Relief of a warrior.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The palace has underground passages.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Embedded stone head.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Steps with Mayan writing.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 King Pakal's mother, Zac Kuk, handing her son the rulers' ceremonial head dress.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 View from the observation tower.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 Complete Mayan roof.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 The site is surrounded by forest.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 View from the observation tower looking down onto the palace.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
The Palace
 View of the palace.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 The Temple of the Count is named after Count de Waldek who lived here in the 1830s.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 The site has many structures set in the rainforest.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 Palenque was abandoned in the 10th century and lost until the mid 18th century.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 Two small temples.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 The Temple of the Sun has a well preserved roofcomb
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Cross
 Temple of the Cross dates from 642 AD.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Cross
 Pipe smoking priest.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 A small ballcourt.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Foliateed Cross
 The Temple of the Foliateed Cross.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Foliateed Cross
 Relief of Pakal.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 Mayan waterway.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
 Many small temples dotted around the site.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions
 The magnificent Temple of the Inscriptions is the highlight of Mayan architecture.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions
 The temple was begun in 675.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions
 The temple is 27m high and contains a royal tomb.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions
 The pyramid is topped by an 11m high temple.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions
 The top of the 65m wide pyramid is reached by a steep staircase.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions
 Passages within the temple were discovered in 1952.
Mexico
Chiapas
Palenque
Temple of the Inscriptions
 Sarcophagos lid showing the life of King Pakal (died 683) inside the temple.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 La Venta is an Olmec site and features many carved stones.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Olmec tomb made of basalt pillars. The Olmecs are Mexico's oldest civilisation (1200 - 400 BC).
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 The Olmec civilisation is considered the mother culture of Mesomarica.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 The Olmecs are famous for their stone carvings of large heads, many with African features.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Seated figure wearing jaguar head-dress and cape.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 The Altar of Triumph.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Altar of Triumph.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Kneeling figure.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Head of a young man.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 An altar for infant sacrifice.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Carving of a priest performing a ceremony on the Serpent Stele. This is the oldest representation of the feathered serpent in Meso-America.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Mosaic of a mask.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 The Dragon Stele with a figure holding a staff in the shape of a shark.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Bearded man with head dress.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Olmec goddess.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 The largest and best preserved of the giant heads.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Giant head of a warrior. These heads are typical of Olmec sculpture.
Mexico
Tabasco
La Venta
 Jade figurines.
Mexico
Campeche
San Carlos Balwark
 San Carlos Balwark, one of several defence structures built to protect the city from pirates.
Mexico
Campeche
Soledad Museum
 The Soledad Museum features many Mayan carvings.
Mexico
Campeche
Soledad Museum
 Mayan carving from the Classic Maya period (250 to 900).
Mexico
Yucatan
Merida
Government Palace
 Mural by Fernando Castro showing Mayans in chains.
Mexico
Yucatan
Merida
Government Palace
 Mural by Fernando Castro showing Mayans being herded off into slavery.
Mexico
Yucatan
Merida
Government Palace
 Mural by Fernando Castro showing a Mayan priest and an ear of corn.
Mexico
Yucatan
Merida
Government Palace
 Mural by Fernando Castro showing a Spanish horseman on the attack.
Mexico
Yucatan
Merida
Government Palace
 Mural by Fernando Castro showing Mayans as slaves.
Mexico
Yucatan
Merida
Government Palace
 The Eagle and serpent is a symbol of Mexico. The painting is by Fernando Castro.
Mexico
Yucatan
Merida
 One of the few surviving Mayan manuscripts that was not destroyed by the Catholic Church.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
 Chichen Itza is a Mayan site that flourished between 550 and 900 AD.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
 Chichen Itza is a Mayan site with later Toltec influence (1100 to 1500).
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 El Castillo is a 30m high step pyramid at the centre of the site.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 The pyramid has four staircases each rising at an angle of 45 degrees.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 Stonework at the base.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 Image of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god of the Toltecs.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 The number of levels represent elements of the Mayan calendar.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 A temple sits atop the pyramid.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 Carved circular column at the temple entrance.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 Carvings inside the temple entrance.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 Passage inside the pyramid.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 A Toltec chacmul inside the pyramid.
Mexico
Yucatan
Chichen Itza
El Castillo
 Red jaguar with jade eyes and flint fangs.

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