This photograph shows the Temple of the Sun at Palenque as it looked in 1889
when it was first photographed by Alfred Maudsley, an early English
Mesoamerican archaeologist. The temple was built in the late seventh century.
Two other temples very similar to this one were built nearby on the eastern
side of the site.
This photograph shows the same temple in 1989. The temple was built on a
stepped platform and consisted of an inner and outer vaulted room. Inside the
inner room is a miniature version of the large temple. A relief tablet
depicting text and images adorned this small temple. One of two men depicted on
this tablet is the king known as Sun Lord 'Kan Bahlam' (or 'Snake-Jaguar') who
ruled in the late seventh century.