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Inca ruins of Qenqo - Cusco, Peru

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Published on May 4, 2010

The shrine at #Qenqo is a short distance from Saqsayhuaman, both overlooking #Cusco from the north.

While the fortress is a prime example of the Incas unearthly interlocking stonemasonry, Qenqo shows their skill at shaping large rock monoliths where they stand, without the use of metal tools.

The huge monolith has a warren of #tunnels carved out of natural splits and breaks in the rock, including a number of niches thought to have been burial sites for the nobility.

An amphitheater on the northside centers on a tall rock, that could have been a statue of a puma, which indicates #Qenqo was used for religious purposes.

On top of the rock a series of zigzag carvings served as channels for chicha, an alcohol used in rituals, or for sacrificial blood.

Several other stone carvings on top of the stone resemble a house, a puma and a #condor.

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