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Cuzco - Peru - Cyclopean masonry

Pre-Columbian walls at Cuzco, Peru - Cyclopean polygonal masonry of the Incas - almost defying belief with the way the massive multi-faceted blocks fit together seamlessly. This wall is part of the Palacio de Huaina Capac (Palace of Huayna Capac). Huayna Capac (1464/14681525/1527) was the eleventh Sapa Inca of the Inca Empire and sixth of the Hanan dynasty. Date: 1906

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This photograph showcases the intricately crafted Cyclopean masonry of the Pre-Columbian walls at Cuzco, Peru. The Palacio de Huaina Capac, or Palace of Huayna Capac, is home to this architectural marvel, which defies belief with its seamless assembly of massive, multi-faceted stone blocks. Huayna Capac (1464/1468-1525/1527) was the eleventh Sapa Inca, or supreme ruler, of the Inca Empire and the sixth monarch of the Hanan dynasty. The Incas, known for their advanced engineering and architectural prowess, constructed this palace and its walls using traditional techniques that have left historians and architects in awe. The Incas are renowned for their mastery of stonework, and the cyclopean masonry on display here is no exception. The blocks, some weighing several tons, are cut with such precision that they fit together perfectly, without the use of mortar or any other binding agent. The wall's facets are so intricately aligned that not even a knife blade can be inserted between them. The photograph captures the grandeur of the palace, with its imposing walls and the majestic llamas grazing in the foreground. Huayna Capac's subjects wore traditional clothing, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Inca civilization. The Inca Empire, at its height, spanned from modern-day Colombia to central Chile, and its influence can still be seen in the vibrant Peruvian culture that thrives today. This photograph, taken in 1906, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back in time to an era of remarkable engineering, architectural innovation, and rich cultural traditions.

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