Welcome to Maya3D - where the Architecture of Palenque is alive
The indigenous peoples of Central America were a highly advanced civilisation during their boom period. Not only were the Maya and Aztecs famous for their well-developed mathematics and complex calendar systems, but they were also particularly outstanding in the field of architecture. From about 300 AD in what is now Guatemala, these civilisations rapidly developed large city-states, whose kings built huge monumental structures as a show of power.
These buildings, often designed as a stepped pyramid, were increasingly higher and expanded with the acquisition of materials and human resources. For example, the largest known Mayan pyramid at El Mirador has a height of 72m. In particular, many ceremonial temples, dedicated to the gods, attest to the impressive architecture of these cultures. These were mostly decorated with detailed sculptures, reliefs and frescoes, which depicted gods, kings or war scenes and were intended to last for eternity.
Economic decline, ecological problems and continuous wars for resources and power among the city-states, however, led to the sudden downfall of the Maya in the 10th Century A.D. Also a revival of the Toltec and Aztec culture met with destruction by the Spaniards in the 16th Century.
Once magnificent cities, such as Tikal, Copan and Palenque, were abandoned and eventually lost in the overgrowth of the rainforest, or, like Tenochtitlan, the largest city of the 15th Century, were destroyed during brutal wars.
Since the rediscovery of the ruins, numerous organizations, like the INAH, have been trying to reconstruct the cities and maintain cultural heritage by excavation work. The goal of this website is to make an otherwise very expensive and exclusive visit to these ancient cities in Central America accessible for everyone in the form of 3D visualizations. We place a high value on scientific precision in reconstructing these sites by basing them on detailed plans and photos, and also provide realism and highly detailed images with the application of modern computer software.
The third project on Maya3D includes the Mayan city of Palenque, one of the most famous of these ancient sites. Because up to now this has been a hobby project, we would greatly appreciate any assistance and cooperation which would allow us to expand and work on other reconstructions of famous sites in Central America.
For further Information about our work and services please visit the Website www.Maya-3D.com
Have a lot of fun in Palenque!