After the Spanish had taken the Inca capital of Cusco, the Inca emperor Manco Inca used Sacsayhuaman as the base of his counterattack to try to retake the city. Unfortunately, a small force of Spaniards were able to scale the steep sides of the hill to the Inca stronghold and eventually were able to breach the walls and slaughter the Incan defenders. The fortress was mostly demolished by the Spaniards and the huge stones that made up the Incan walls were used to build homes, government buildings, and churches of the new religion in Cusco.
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The Inca Fortress at Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru
By Tom Bartel on February 9, 2013 in Daily Photo, Peru, Photo of the Day, South America, Unesco World Heritage Sites