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Located 2km from the city. Together with the city of
Cusco, this monumental complex is
considered the first of the new seven wonders of the world. This huge construction was
planned and built by Andean Man. The Incas called it the House of the Sun and the Spaniards called it a fortress because of its zig-zag shape and the 1536 revolution. The
construction, which is made up of three platforms one on top of the other, was one of the
most important religious complexes of its time.
The mestizo chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega ( Gomez Suarez Figueroa Was
his original nanme ) described in his
book "The Royal Commentaries" every detail of this sacred spot, its walls,
rooms, towers, doors and canals, which have sparked great interest and admiration from
visitors and residents alike. The enormous boulders that form part of the construction
were put together perfectly without using mortar. The heaviest weighs up to 125 tons.
Archaeologists are currently excavating and have discovered water fountains, canals and
rooms. In a nearby flat area, every June 24 local inhabitants hold the Festival of the
Sun, or Ind Raymi. Saqsaywaman witnessed important historic events.
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