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The Ancient Walls
by Richard Nisbet

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THE ANCIENT WALLS
CUSCO

by Richard Nisbet

2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet. All rights reserved. Except where indicated, all photos and text
by Richard Nisbet. Reprinted with author's permission.

 

The first Inca, Manco Capac was divinely directed to go to Cusco and settle there. That he did, and through successive generations of rulers, this little tribe expanded until it ruled an empire that rivaled that of Rome. Cusco, which they called " The Navel of the World," remained their capital.

Here's a strange bit of lore:

According to Indian legend, Cusco was so barren that no crops could be grown there. In what is now the center of the city, there was a lake and a bog. The second Inca, Sinchi Roca, had the swamp drained and filled with stones and logs until it was firm enough to support their stone buildings. He also had thousands of loads of good earth brought in and spread over the land, making the valley fertile. What could possibly have been the attraction of this barren, boggy place? Suppose the magnificent lower walls of Sacsahuaman were there before Manco Capac came to Cusco. That in itself would be enough to make the place holy.



Cusco from the hill above. 2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet

The 12 cornered stone is in the wall of Inca Roca in Cusco. It is to my mind the most beautiful of all Inca walls.


The 12 cornered stone is in the wall of Inca Roca in Cusco.


The 12 cornered stone - detail. The stones fit so perfectly that no blade of grass
or steel can slide between them. There is no mortar.
2003-2004 by Richard Nisbet

It is worth to mention here that the precision of the Incas' stonework, can be compared to the stonework found on the Easter Island: http://www.mysteriousplaces.com/Easter_Island/images/wall-close.JPG

 

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