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Machu Picchu - I found it fascinating to see how existing rocks were used as part of the overall construction through this city.
Standing near the west central side of Machu Picchu, I take a look back at where we started our walk through Machu Picchu. Guard’s House at top left of terracing. Rock quarry and extensive terracing on west side - a view seldom shown in typical postcards. Sheer cliffs that drop vertically for 450 metres (1480 ft) to the Urubamba River at their base which snakes around Machu Picchu on three sides. Steps carved into the rock or living steps as they are known at bottom right. Again, a great example of using existing rock as part of design. Quite incredible.
Although the soft rooftops of the buildings are gone forever, this overview gives you an idea of how these buildings were constructed (dry stone techniques - assembling without mortar). In foreground, considered part of the sacred area of Machu Picchu.
The sacred area consists of (bottom left) the Three Window Temple (with 3 walls) and the Sacred Plaza (central), the Main Temple (central foreground) and the House of the Priest on other side of the Plaza. (closer looks at these in next post). Standing centrally at west edge looking north - incredible terraces on near-sheer mountain edges.
Standing centrally looking north east - these next three photos take a sweeping look across the main square to the NE-E-SE side of the city. A closer look at the prison area (at left). A panoramic view from the sacred area across the main square for a NE-E-SE view of Machu Picchu. This is where the factory houses and industrial zone of the city are situated. At the right edge is the prison area with housing for the nobles at far right in the distance.
Day 6 - Friendly Planet - Amazing Peru Tour