"Pachacamac" Pachacamac Tip by al2401
Pachacamac, Lima: 13 reviews and 27 photos
The temple of Pachacamac is a Pre-Inca archaeological site 40 km southeast of Lima. To date at least 17 pyramids have been discovered. Artefacts have been dated to the Early Intermediate Period (200-600 AD) but the main city and administrative centre were built by the Wari (600-800 AD). The Wari empire declined but Pachacamac grew in importance as a religious centre and most of the common buildings and temples date between 800 and 1450 AD. Continual exposure to the El Ni˝o weather phenomenon has damaged many of the structures beyond repair.
The site was originally used for the worship of Pacha Kamaq ('Earth Maker'), the creator god. The Inca continued to use Pachacamac as a religious shrine and added Pacha Kamaq to their pantheon of gods. They constructed the huge Temple of the Sun. This is built on the west side of the complex and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. There are a number of terraces where mummified bodies were sat to look over proceedings.
The Acllahuasi temple or the house of Mamaconas (women dedicated to the religious ceremonies) is still in quite good repair.
Address: District Of Lurin, Pachacamac Archeological Site.
Directions: Go South Panamerican Higway 31 km South Of Lima, Before The Lurin Valley.
Phone: +51 1 4300168
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