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Fortress Saksayuaman, Peru

From series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
In Peruvian city Cuzco you can find the ancient Fortress Saksayuaman. This place is also covered with mysteries. Today this old bulging is called a ”ceremonial place”. Several facts say that this fortress wasn't built for defense purpose. Massive stones were majorly used as built materials of this complex. On the stones we can see the graves of the treatment. Taking into account the fact that the fortress was built at the time of Inks, it is hard to imagine how the massive stones were treated and even more – transported.

The fortress is an intricate complex of buildings. It has a great number of inner obstructions of different forms and sizes. The historians suppose that originally this complex was built as a ceremonial place and was devoted to the heliolatry. The building is oriented in the cordial directions. That's why the researchers claim that this was made only for a ritual purpose. As a fortress, this ancient complex was used in the first part of the 16th century. The marks of the fighting have left forever in the walls.

Also, the researchers knew that in the 17th century the locals transform the fortress into a stone mine. A lot of houses in Cuzco were built from the parts of the ancient complex. As it was partly destroyed, the researchers have found only 200 blocks. Some of the weight around a ton. Thanks to that the stones were placed so close to each other, the thousand-year old complex is practically the same. Cuzco is a place where earthquakes happen regularly. According to this, it was quite impossible to save something from the ancient time. Next - Glastonbury Tor

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ATM bankomat: 'Cajero BCP' located in 0.78 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'PERURENT EUROPCAR' is located in 0.35 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Estación de Servicio PECSA-GRIFO SAN CARLOS CAZE' in 0.33 km
Supermarket: 'Cafe Sapantiana' in 0.32 km
Parking: 'Hotel los portales' in 1.49 km
Apotheek: 'Museum Of Plants' in 0.51 km
Police station: 'comisaria SECTORIAL CUSCO' in 0.53 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Cerveceria Edelmann' in 0.39 km
Railway station: 'Estacion Wanchaq' in 2.11 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport CUZ - in 5 km
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Thomas Grill-Garden

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Thomas Grill-Garden has rooms with shared or private bathrooms styled with tasteful décor. Some rooms feature panoramic views of Cusco city. Laundry … More: photo, rates and booking
Yuri's House Hostel

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Terecinas House Aparthotel Cusco

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Hostal Alfonso II

Located in 3 km from Fortress Saksayuaman
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Decorated with tiled floors, rooms at Hostal Alfonso II are fitted with heating and air conditioning. All of them have private bathrooms with hot … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Fortress Saksayuaman - Cusco

According to local legends, Manco Cápac, the founder of the Inca civilization in Cusco, established the beautiful city. He came to this region from the Lake Titicaca region. The city’s territory was conventionally divided into four quarters, each of which had its own head. Rulers of each of the quarters had to be their residents and were obliged to build a palace in the quarter that they were responsible for. Their successors were not allowed to live in the already built palaces. They had to build new palaces for themselves. This tradition is still alive in modern times. Sons never live in the houses of their parents. Even if the house is empty and doesn’t have any dwellers anymore, children still need to build a new house for their families.

Spanish conquistadors brought a new lifestyle to Cusco. The Spanish invaded the region in November 1533. Francisco Pizarro is considered the founder of the city. Starting from this period, the life of the Incans and the region in general changed drastically. The quarters started fighting with each other. The infrastructure and architectural landmarks were destroyed and Catholic churches appeared on their sites. Most of these churches were made from the stones left from the destroyed Incan buildings. This period also marked the appearance of a new style trend, Mestizo. It combines elements of Andian and Spanish motifs.
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