Sacsayhuaman, Cusco

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    Precisely Placed Stones
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    Rehearsal for Inti Raymi
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    Three Great Walls
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    Demonstration of skilfulness!

    by El_Sueco Updated May 14, 2003

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    The complicated joint

    Look at this tiny lip on the right stone. It is to no help when building the wall, it contrary will make it more difficult because it is fragile, and the weight of the left stone will crush it if the stones are bad placed. Picture taken at Sacsahuaman.

    At one place in Sacsahuaman where the ground have moved and the stones separated a bit, you can see that the stones are shaped not only in curves in one direction, but in two. And still they are shaped to fit accurately.

    The inca people really did know how to shape the stones with primitive tools, and worked skilfully with it! They used a lot of time and a lot of men. Unfortunately the knowledge now is forgotten.

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    Inti Raymi

    by El_Sueco Written May 14, 2003

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    Cleaning up after the fiesta

    Cleaning up after Inti Raymi, the great annual fiesta in Cuzco, that is dedicated to the Sun God.

    Date: 23, Juni. (I got there some days after.)

    It is a very great cermony and fiesta, but it does tear on the stone work.

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    Sacsayhuaman

    by Alisonchilla Written Mar 1, 2003

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    Zig zags of the

    Hope I spelled that correctly!
    Anyhow, the ruins of "Sexywoman" are spectacular. I had heard briefly of them in my travels, but I was not prepared for their immensity.

    The individual stones at the base of this complex are absolutely enormous.

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    Sacsayhuaman

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    stunning Sacsayhuaman

    People will try and sell you a tour to the Sacred Valley and included will be a visit to the stunning Sacsayhuaman ruins. Though they truly are a must see, they can be easily visited on foot from Cusco. It is a steep walk from the Plaza de Armas but easily reached in little over an hour. The benefit is not saving the money of the tour but if you go early, you not only get better light for photos, but you avoid the mad rush of the tour buses. In fact, you will likely have it to yourself.

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    Another idea of Sacsayhuaman

    by chancay Written Jan 23, 2003

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    I want to describe the Mysthic of this place in placing here different explainations I found in the internet. When you read and compare above the other Sacsayhuaman tips you´ll see the different ways of understanding this place, it´s still not clear!

    Sacsayhuaman, a name which means "satisfied falcon," is at the head of what the Incas thought of as the puma-shaped city of Cuzco. This mountaintop site overlooking Cuzco was once a fortress and was hosted one of the fiercest battles between the Incas and their Spanish Conquistadors. The fortresses' zigzag ramparts form the teeth of the "puma" and contain rocks weighing as much as 300 tons.

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    Sacsayhuaman - the Fortress

    by chancay Written Jan 23, 2003

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    part of the large stone wall

    It was considered as the House of the Sun. The most important temple called Hanan Qosqo or Upper Cusco, dedicated to the Andean Cosmology. Over this place we can find different ruins dedicated each to the Inti (Sun), Quilla (moon), Chaska (stars), Illapa (ray) and for some of their other Gods. At first sight the Spaniards thought it was a fortress especially when they saw the size of its rocks, and some of them actually weighted from 90 until 128 tons

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    Sacsayhuaman

    by chancay Written Jan 23, 2003

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    The masterpiece created by the Inkas to show to the world their power and elegance,which by its luxure and abbundance of beauty pressumes the great skills of the Inkas . It is located on the north part of the city, and it was all made out of stone.

    Sacsayhuaman was the "House of the Sun" it was not a fortress, like spanish thought once they saw such a construction. Inside the complex we can find deposits for food, weapons, ornaments, materials, and acueducts.

    It has an area of 3.003.38 hectares

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  • the sexy woman

    by jlvillalba Written May 6, 2005

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    sacsayhuaman

    i went by taxi, 5 soles, with my ticket i had for many places.
    incredible stones and hand made pulish everywhere, like a like memorial like machu pichu

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    Restauration??

    by El_Sueco Written May 21, 2003
    Old and new wall construction technique

    Note the "ugly" stones that are placed at the top. Thet were put there in a try(?) to restaurate the walls or maybe for protection. Fortunately it was stopped in time.

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    Christo Redentor (Jesus)

    by El_Sueco Written May 14, 2003

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    View from Sacsahuaman

    Note the statue of Christo Redentor (Jesus) in the background to the left, made of white concret. It was put there by the Christian-Arab colony in Cuzco in 1945.
    Picture taken from Sacsahuaman.

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