<p>Palenque is an ancient old Maya city in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Framed here by banana leaves, this structure is from the ceremonial part of the village. The Maya mostly left the city when the Spanish conquered Mexico in the 1500s. The large buildings in the city were built around 600 A.D.</p><p><em>(This photo and caption were submitted to </em><a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/" target="_blank"><em>My Shot</em></a><em>.)</em></p>

Palenque, Mexico

Palenque is an ancient old Maya city in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Framed here by banana leaves, this structure is from the ceremonial part of the village. The Maya mostly left the city when the Spanish conquered Mexico in the 1500s. The large buildings in the city were built around 600 A.D.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

Photograph by Erik Guzowski, My Shot

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