Machu Picchu – The Remnants of a Civilization

Machu Picchu - The Remnants of a Civilization

Machu Picchu – The Remnants of a Civilization

Machu Picchu, located in Peru, is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 meters (7,970 ft.) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.

Peru – Ollantaytambo

Peru - Ollantaytambo

Peru – Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern  Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center.

Peru - Ollantaytambo Closeup

Peru – Ollantaytambo Closeup

A close up of the mountains reveals a face resemblance and two protected storage chambers for grain and supplies

Cusco Qorikancha

Cusco Qorikancha

Cusco Qorikancha

Qorikancha was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples of the capital city of Cusco. The Spanish colonists built the Church of Santo Domingo on the site, demolishing the temple and using its foundations for the cathedral.

 

Churches of Cusco, Peru

Churches of Cusco

Churches of Cusco

Walking the streets of Cuzco, Peru one is reminded of the dominance of the Spaniards over the Incas in the early 1500’s. Being the capital of the Inca Empire, conquest of Cusco was the triumph of the Spanish. In celebration of their success, and to convert Incas to Catholicism, a number of churches were built throughout Cusco.

 

Cusco – Plaza de Armas (Main Square)

Cusco - Plaza de Armas (Main Square)

Cusco – Plaza de Armas (Main Square)

Known as the “Square of the warrior” in the Inca era, this plaza has been the scene of several important events in the history of this city. The Spanish built stone arcades around the plaza which endure to this day. The main cathedral and the Church of La Compañía both open directly onto the plaza.