Mexico Palenque: 1971- I remember it began to rain and we did what the women did - picked an Elephant Ear palm leaf and used it as an umbrella. To enjoy Palenque in the rain is a beautiful memory. The fresh smells of the vegetation, the heat replaced by the cool breeze, the sound of rain drops on the leaf....Lola M.
The greatest ruler of this city-state was Pacal, who took power in 603 a.d. and commenced a construction boom of architecturally innovative buildings that lasted through and beyond his 68-year reign. One of the most impressive projects was a complex called the Palace. The walls and roofs are covered with stucco carvings depicting the ceremonies and activities of rulers and gods, giving modern observers insight into the lives and beliefs of the Mayans.