"Religious temple with military significance" Sacsayhuaman Tip by malianrob

Sacsayhuaman, Cusco: 59 reviews and 116 photos

What is left of this place now is the outer walls. Its a little difficult to imagine what it could have looked like in the 15th century. What is impressive here is that the stones to build this place are large and weigh about 90 to 130 tons. There is also one stone that weighs approx 300 tons and is about 11 ft high. They are also brought from over twenty miles away. So how did the Inca do it?
They believe this place used to be a type of fortress and could have housed over 10k men.
They say that the Inca also made the city of Cusco in the shape of a Puma. The head of the Puma being Sacsahuaman.
When we saw the ruins we did notice the zig zag shape of the structure but I couldnt picture this being the teeth of the Puma.
From what I have read, this zig zag shaped also helped in warfare as it would have been very hard to attack at this place.

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  • Written Nov 11, 2007
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