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Palenque (Spanish: [pa'leŋke] (meaning “fortification”); Yucatec Mayan: Bàakʼ /ɓàːkʼ/) was a Maya city state in what is now Chiapas, Mexico that dates from circa 226 BCE to c. 799 CE. After its decline, the site was re-absorbed into the jungle, but has since been extensively excavated and restored. Much of Palenque's history has been pieced together from a deciphering of the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the many monuments, and historians now have in-depth understanding of the city-state's interplay with other rival city states.
Here photographed whilst on assignment for National Geographic Magazine, El Palacio (the Palace), which comprises a complex of interconnected buildings and courtyards, constructed over a 400-year period. The buildings were used by the Maya elite for ritual, administrative functions and entertainment. The complex was equipped with numerous saunas and large baths, which were supplied with fresh water by an intricate water system.
When the Spanish arrived in Chiapas in the 16th century, Palenque had been largely abandoned and the region was very sparsely populated. Fr. Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada was the first European to present a description of the ruins which he named Palenque, and according to his early accounts, the stone structures were still stucco-rendered and painted blue and red.
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light beams in the rainforest ✨🌲⁣⁣
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Cities have always been my favorite thing to photograph but nature is growing on me 🤣 - what about you, would you rather shoot in a city or nature? ⁣⁣


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Santorini - Greece ✨💙💙💙✨ Happy Saturday all!!!
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Pic by ✨✨@izkiz✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature 💙


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Glad Midsommar! The Swedish-American community of Lindsborg, Kansas, celebrates Midsummer by wearing traditional Swedish folk costumes and dancing around the town's maypole. Traditionally a pagan summer solstice and fertility holiday throughout northern Europe, Midsummer today is a continued celebration of long days and the start of summer. Photo by @ErikaSkogg who is working on a visual preservation project of Scandinavian-American heritage. #Midsummer #Midsommar


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Light in Montmartre


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I Stopped Saying No | Photograph by Johanna Birch (@johannabirchphotography)
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“I say ‘No’ too often,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Johanna Birch. “We were all set for a photoshoot at the historic Kenwood House in Hampstead, London. We were ready to start shooting and he asked to take his shoes off — OK. Then socks. Then he wanted to take his shirt off — OK. Sigh. Then he asked if he could put a toe in the mud. We digressed. What you can’t see are all the posh Londoners enjoying a picnic at a 17th Century estate behind him. It was so worth it.”

“Fantastic Johanna. I love it. I agree with Your Shot photographer Perry Svensson who commented, ‘That’s a lovely shot. You can really see how he is oblivious to everything else and is just concentrating on the mud.’ Your son looks like he is having so much fun. I love the trail of mud coming off his feet. I can feel his happiness, his joy, his amusement. Thank you for saying ‘Yes.’” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


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Featured photo by @laviwashere
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHP🌈
This weekend, we’re celebrating love, pride and the LGBTQ community with #WHP🌈.
Play with the ROYGBIV color spectrum. Create photos that incorporate the whole rainbow.
Find rainbows out in the world, whether they’re painted as a mural on a city wall or wrapped around a parade-goer at a local Pride celebration.
Create your own rainbows. Dress up in colorful outfits, paint rainbows on your eyelids or bake a colorful batch of cookies.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHP🌈 hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.


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(📸 @ackermangruber) Happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day from DogsOf + @lucyand.co where pups rule EVERYDAY! Does your job allow you to bring your pets to work? We’d love to know! We’ve always been huge supporters of pet-friendly workplaces and are encouraged to see more and more workplaces making that their everyday policy! #nationaltakeyourdogtoworkday #dogsofinstagram


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Photo by @renaeffendiphoto:
A #family on a Sunday picnic in Parque Lenin, Lenin's Park, a popular weekend destination at the south side of #Havana, #Cuba. #children


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