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Moon Temple in Machu Picchu

18 March 2016

There is a path that leads to Huayna Picchu but which we made a detour which we one of the most remarkable complexes of underground constructions of the region. It is several caves, some of which have been lined (at a larger scale than in the Mausoleum of Machu Picchu) with blocks of fine stonecutting which have been carved to fit accurately with the irregular contours of the great rocky outcrops that they they serve as a roof.


The walls

The walls, of clearly ornamental character, include false covers and niches trapezoids of double and triple jamb. Although its specific function is unknown, it is clear that this is a set of constructions of elite by the effort demanded them. It is believed to have funeral uses and that all tombs were looted at some point in the history of the region.


The name "Temple of the Moon"

The name "Temple of the Moon" is arbitrary and does not have archaeological endorsement although it has become popular among archaeologists and tour guides. In any case it reveals the common interest compare in quality with other Inca buildings, such as the "temple of the sun" of Machu Picchu. This attraction is impressive, on top of the hill, there are carved in stone, as a throne, altars and intihuatanas also seats; The hill has a crack that connects the front to the back, but what impresses is an enclosure with carved in stone.
The sacred precinct

The enclosure surprises from the entrance, it carved seen in stone found in good condition after having passed through the hands of grubbers idolatry, this carving represents a (thin, tired) weak snake entering the bowels of the earth, then come out strong (thick, vigorous). Inside the enclosure; the atmosphere is cool, the stone has been polished, you can see what appears to be a table or altar and a light coming through the top. The stone work, surprised by the Incas, inside the profile of a flame is also seen and what appears to be a quarter of a chakana. The area has plenty of water and you can see a viaduct, carrying water to the same city, on the other hand; I do not know exactly have a statistic of how many manantes and water sources exist in the area. But what is certain is that the Incas considered water as a source of life.

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