Even though Pakal had planned his own tomb, it was Chan-Bahlum who completed the Temple of the Inscriptions.
Above is the largest of the temples, the Temple of the Cross, with its nine levels and crowned with a grand roof comb.
I had to laugh, us adults were very careful in climbing up and coming down those steep, narrow steps. Len taking side stepping.
Then a school group of about 15, dressed in white shirts and green pants, came down those stairs two at a time like grease lightening.
Looking up at the back side of the Temple of the Cross.
The Temple of the Sun
with the best-preserved roof comb at Palenque.
There are inscriptions dating from 642 with scenes of offerings to Pakal, the sun-shield King.
On the Templo de la Cruz Foliada (Temple of the Foliated Cross), the arches are totally exposed which reveals how the architect's of Palenque designed these buildings. Unfortunately this we could not climb up to the entrance of this temple. Inside there is a well-preserved tablet showing Pakal with a sun shield engraved on his chest, corn leaves (hence the name of the temple) growing from his shoulder blades and the Quetzal bird atop his head.
As you can see, it is easy to spend an entire day here!