from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient Mayan city of southern Mexico southeast of Villahermosa. It is the site of the Temple of Inscriptions, noted for its hieroglyphic tablets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A collective name for the Indians of Nicaragua and Honduras.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fortified inclosure or village; especially a fortified retreat of fugitive slaves and negroes. [Spanish America.]


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  • One of the most spectacular examples of stucco sculpture in Palenque is the representation of the god of Death, boasting an admirable, dramatic realism in its features and detail.

    The Maya civilization, cities of the Maya

  • On a visit with a remarkable lady in Palenque who had for the most part completed a lovely home with the hiring of several independent contractors, I remarked about the rebar sticking out from her roof.

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  • There are some really good restaurants to choose from for dinner in Palenque both near the ruins and in town.

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  • I remember being in Palenque between Christmas and Easter, and seeing some disappointed visitors after they were told that all the bus tickets to Mexico City were sold out for the next several days.

    Semana Santa

  • The survival of Palenquero points to the extraordinary resilience of San Basilio de Palenque, part of whose very name - Palenque - is the Spanish word for a fortified village of runaway slaves.

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  • No better authority can be cited, in connexion with the famous Cross of Palenque, which is herewith reproduced than the learned archæologist, Orozco y Berra.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The ruins known as Palenque, for instance, seem to have been entirely unknown to both natives and Spaniards until about the year 1750.

    Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology

  • a half months we struggled on across mountains and rivers and through swamps and forests, till at last we reached a mighty deserted city, that is called Palenque by the Indians of those parts, which has been uninhabited for many generations.

    Montezuma's Daughter

  • But it also appeals to cultural and adventure tourists who want to shop for Mayan textiles, visit ruins such as Palenque and tour coffee plantations.


  • As a student of the ancient Maya (I wrote an historical novel about Pakal of Palenque) I am amused by the recent hoopla about the upcoming date, Dec. 21, 2012.

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