Ep. 15: Sacsahuaman

We leave the narrative behind to embark on investigating different aspects of Inca life, rule and culture.  To begin, we look at one of the wonders of the Inca empire: Sacsayhuaman. This building was a fort, religious center and storage facility.  It is also the largest megalithic structure in North America! Who built it? And more importantly how was it built? Press play to find out.

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Intro music by: Kalx aka Kaliran: Andean Lounge, Scream of the Devil

Transition music by: Kike Pinto

“The zigzags of Sacsahuaman’s massive terraces, from the Rodadero, with the hill once crowned by three towers to the right, and the city of Cuzco in the distance” Monuments of the Inca
Map of Sacsahuaman. Monuments of the Inca
Rodadero/Suchuna Hill. The Throne of the Inca is near the upper right of the hill.
A portion of the Throne of the Inca. Monuments of the Inca
Likely spot of a huaca. Photo by: Nick Machinski
Possibly the site of another huaca. Photo by: Nick Machinski
‘The foundation and water supply of Muyuc Marca, the “round tower.”‘ Monuments of the Inca
Part of the walls of Sacsahuaman. Photo by: Nick Machinski
Wall section of Sacsahuaman. Photo by: Nick Machinski
Lower wall of Sacsahuaman. Photo by: Nick Machinski
One of the largest stones at Sacsahuaman. Photo by: Nick Machinski
Wall section of Sacsahuaman. Photo by: Nick Machinski
The tiered walls of Sacsahuaman. Photo by: Nick Machinski
Here one can get a sense of the scale of the blocks and the walls. Photo by: Nick Machinski
Another picture to give a sense of scale. Photo by: Nick Machinski
“Cyclopean ashlar masonry in the lowest tier of Saqsawaman; the author provides scale (slide by author)” That author being archaeologist Terence D’Altroy of The Incas

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