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Temple of the Three Windows. Note the inferior masonry on top of the megalithic blocks.

Temple of the Three Windows. Note the inferior masonry on top of the megalithic blocks.

The Temple of the Three Windows Machu Picchu

The Temple of the Three Windows Machu Picchu

More than 100 flights of steep stone steps, often carved from a single  block of granite, connect the palaces, temples, storehouses and terr...

More than 100 flights of steep stone steps, often carved from a single block of granite, connect the palaces, temples, storehouses and terr...

The construction features found at Sacsayhuaman are breathtaking, precisely cut stones, sharp edges, smooth surfaces and walls put together in such a way that modern engineers stand in awe when looking at the feature of this ancient megalithic site. Sacsayhuaman is located at an elevation of 3701m above sea level in the northern outskirts of Cusco, Peru.

The construction features found at Sacsayhuaman are breathtaking, precisely cut stones, sharp edges, smooth surfaces and walls put together in such a way that modern engineers stand in awe when looking at the feature of this ancient megalithic site. Sacsayhuaman is located at an elevation of 3701m above sea level in the northern outskirts of Cusco, Peru.

The Principal Temple. The east wall (right) has settled, causing it to tilt outward, pulling with it part of the rear wall

The Principal Temple. The east wall (right) has settled, causing it to tilt outward, pulling with it part of the rear wall

Lost civilizations of the Andes.  the name Sacsayhuaman is usually interpreted to mean ‘speckled falcon’ or ‘satisfied falcon’, and has nothing to do with a puma. Moreover, the long profile is more like a dog’s than a puma’s.2 This is consistent with the idea that Sacsayhuaman was not built by the Incas and that Cuzco was adapted to a preexisting structure.

Lost civilizations of the Andes. the name Sacsayhuaman is usually interpreted to mean ‘speckled falcon’ or ‘satisfied falcon’, and has nothing to do with a puma. Moreover, the long profile is more like a dog’s than a puma’s.2 This is consistent with the idea that Sacsayhuaman was not built by the Incas and that Cuzco was adapted to a preexisting structure.

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