Clickable map of Palenque Palace

Diagram of interior rooms & courtyards of the palace complex.

Click on green arrows to view photos.

Dedication dates found on the buildings in the palace complex, according to David Stuart, are as follows:

Subterraneos, 654 AD, Maya Longcount date 9.11.1.12.8 – 9 Lamat 6 Xul

Pakal the Great: House E, 654 AD, 9.11.2.1.11 – 9 Chuen 9 Mac

Pakal the Great: House C, 661 AD, 9.11.9.5.19 – 4 Cauac 2 Pax

Pakal the Great: House A, 668 AD, 9.11.15.15.0 – 5 Ahau 8 Tzec

Pakal the Great: House B, no firm date, but was surely Pakal's edifice

Pakal the Great: House D, no firm date but probably soon after House A

Kan Xul II, House A-D, 720 AD, 9.14.8.15.18 – 6 Etznab 6 Xac

Kan Xul II, Tower

Stuart writes: "I suspect that the five houses of the Palace (in order: E, C, A, D, and B) were the five buildings references in one of Pakal's important titles, He of the Five Platform Buildings"

David Stuart, Reconstructing a Stucco Text from Palenque's Palace, July 15, 2014, in Maya Decipherment: Ideas on Ancient Maya Writing and Iconography

The map is adopted from John Lloyd Stephens, an early visitor to Palenque, who wrote in 1841:

"With these helps and the aid of [this] plan, the reader will be able to find his way through the ruined palace of Palenque; he will form some idea of the profusion of its ornaments, of their unique and striking character, and of their mournful effect, shrouded by trees; and perhaps with him, as with us, fancy will present it as it was before the hand of ruin had swept over it, perfect in its amplitude and rich decorations, and occupied by the strange people whose portraits and figures now adorn its walls."

Stephens and Catherwood, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, vol 2, p. 311, 320


Palenque Palace Wall Mounted Slab Reliefs Palenque Palace House H aka House E Palenque Palace Ancient Latrines Palenque Palace Tower Palenque Palace Architecture Palenque Palace Graffiti Palenque Palace Ancestor Cartouches Palenque Palace Carved Captive Slabs in East Court Palenque Palace East Court Captives