An Inca Fortress
High above the roofs of Cusco, at a distance of about 4 kilometers to the northeast, is the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuamán, from whose upper viewing platform you can see the city of Cusco and the Plaza de Armas in the historic center.
It is not clear when the site was built, but experts assume it was built in the middle of the 15th century and was built by countless workers over an estimated period of 70 to 80 years. Contrary to the information from many guidebooks Sacsayhuamán was once used primarily not as a fortress, but as a religious site for the worship of the sun god Inti. The fortress is one of the most important buildings from the Inca period and certainly served the military protection of the old andean capital.
The defense lines consist of several terraced walls built on top of each other. The really impressive stones were transported from the quarries of the surrounding area and then worked by the workers very precisely until they fit very precisely jointless to each other. This still appears today as the absolute perfection! How the oversized stones were transported at that time is still a mystery today. The largest stone has an estimated weight of approx. 200 t and measures approx. 9m x 5m x 4m. The stone walls of the fortification are still very impressive today.
Every year on the 24th of June, the world famous sun festival – Inti Raymi – is celebrated in Cusco and especially in Sacayhuamán. For this purpose, a stage will be set up on the square in the middle of the fortress and the customs of Inca’s life will be presented with a very large number of participating performers and very elaborate costumes. So if you want to be in Cusco for June at this time, it is recommended to book in advance and also to pre-book the tickets for Sascayhuaman.
The statue of Cristo Blanco (White Christ), standing near the fortress and looking down on Cusco, was built as a gift from a group of Christian Palestinians who sought refuge in Cusco in 1945. It is a symbol of their gratitude to the city and was their farewell gift when they finally returned to their homeland.
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