Sacred Plaza, Machu Picchu

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  • The Temple of the Three Windows
    The Temple of the Three Windows
    by ThiagoRamos
  • Sacred Plaza viewed from Intihuatana
    Sacred Plaza viewed from Intihuatana
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  • Me, Pedro and Marcio at the Sacred Plaza
    Me, Pedro and Marcio at the Sacred Plaza
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    The Temple of the Three Windows

    by ThiagoRamos Written Mar 1, 2007

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    The Temple of the Three Windows
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    This is one of the 3 temples located at the Sacred Plaza. Historians believe that it was probably of comparatively lesser importance than the Main Temple.

    Like the name suggests it has 3 big trapeze-shaped windows facing the big yard that separates the 2 big architectural groups of Machu Picchu.

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    Sacred Plaza

    by ThiagoRamos Updated Mar 1, 2007

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    Sacred Plaza viewed from Intihuatana
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    The Sacred Plaza, located at the foot of the Intihuatana, is the biggest one in Machu Picchu and is surrounded by 3 temples, including the one considered the Main Temple and the Temple of the Three Windows.

    It was the site for popular ceremonies, like the Inti Raymi (the Sun Festivity).

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    The Sacred Plaza: The Ceremonial Center

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 23, 2005

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    Andrea loiters in the Sacred Plaza

    If you've visited any of the rest of Machu Picchu before coming upon the Sacred Plaza, you will immediately recognize it as special. There is a clear difference in the grandiosity of the architecture of the Sacred Plaza compared to very other place in Machu Picchu. It is surrounded on three sides by important-looking buildings and the fourth side has an onubstructed westerly view of several mountains and the Urubamba River.
    On the east side is the Temple of Three Windows, which has a commanding view of the central square through its bigger-than-normal windows. On the north side is the Principle Temple, which is notable not only for its height and depth, but also that part of the wall is settling (an unusual flaw in the otherwise impeccably constructed Machu Picchu). In the center are two stones that were apparently put there for a purpose, but no one knows why now.

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    the great sacred Place of the lost city

    by schlumpf Written Jan 24, 2005

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    The most attractuive particular in whole Machu Picchu, was for me the Sacred Plaza, such a huge and very squadrat place, surrounded of protective walls and terraces.
    A nice place to hang around...Could it be it was the meeitng party point?!

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    the only round building:the temple of the sun

    by cbeaujean Updated May 26, 2003

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    sun temple

    you'll see there the machu picchu finest stonework.inside an altar and a trapezoidal window overlooking the site,called serpent window.....but no snakes at all!
    you`ll find holes,used to hang ceremonial gold sun disk?

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    the sacrifice place

    by chancay Updated Feb 16, 2003

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    sacrifice table

    Exists a lot of history and legend about what the Inca priests did on these stone. One of the ritual acts has been to cut out the heart of still alive victims. Still there are some sacral ceremonies once a year in Cusco (Sacsay Huaman) when they remember with a big ceremony the time of the Inca.

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