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Temple of the Condor // The Temple of the Condor in Machu Picchu is an incredible example of Inca stonemasonry
Part of Machu Picchu, Peru, the Temple of the Condor is known as the wall of the living rock. A natural rock formation began to take shape millions of years ago and the Inca skillfully shaped the rock into the outspread wings of a condor in flight. On the floor of the temple is a rock carved in the shape of the condor's head and neck feathers, completing the figure of a three-dimensional bird. Historians speculate that the head of the condor was used as a sacrificial altar. Under the temple is a small cave that contained a mummy. A prison complex stands directly behind the temple, and is comprised of human-sized niches and an underground maze of dungeons. According to historical chronicles that documented similar Inca prison sites, an accused citizen would be shackled into the niches for up to 3 days to await the deliberation of his fate. He could be put to death for such sins as laziness, lust, or theft. This was worth mentioning as a separate post.
The condor temple at Machu Picchu
Temple of the Condor The Temple of the Condor in Machu Picchu is a breathtaking example of Inca stonemasonry. Visit Machu Picchu RESPONSibly www. responsibletravelperu.com
Condor Temple MP- a courtroom as the dungeons were beneath the site- can see niches in walls where prisoners were chained
Amazing stone masons. Machu Picchu. by Paul Coffin, via Flickr
Path to Inca Bridge on the trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu, Urubamba, Peru
The eternal Inca Trail, a testament to Incan architecture and engineering! #Travel #Peru #Architecture
want to sit on the edge of these rocks and look around.. so much for my acrophobia :P
Macchu Picchu and the Urubamba river below. Peru.
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Machu Picchu, Peru.I want to go see this place one day.Please check out my website thanks. www.photopix.co.nz
Machu Picchu, Peru, Incan, royal retreat, no mortar, ca. 1450
Machu Picchu, Inca Empire, Peru
Machu Picchu Llama Trekkers on the Inca Trail pass through the Intipunku (the Sun Gate) at sunrise, but head there when it clears out by late morning and you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape in peace.
Machu Picchu (Peru). Since I was in 5th grade, I have always wanted to see Machu Picchu. ahh, one day