Recognizing the Inca Foundations in Cusco, Peru
You don’t need a guide to point out to you the foundations of the Inca Empire in Cusco. Many streets on a random walkabout will reveal this unique, masterful masonry, still standing adjacent to cobblestone streets, morphing as it rises into the architecture brought by the invading Spanish. In the puma-shaped city, the lines that define these ancient foundations are unmistakable; as crisp and angular as the ancient Quechua language—imparting names like Pukapukara, Kusichaka, Cusco, Pisaq, Titicaca—the unmortared blocks are fitted together with a precision meant to strangle time with stones, barring the breath of hours from blowing through a crack. —Written by Shara Johnson
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