The Inca Fortress at Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru

inca fortress sacsaywamanAfter 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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2 Responses to The Inca Fortress at Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru

  1. Corinne February 10, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Lovely landscape. Sacsayhuaman is one of my favorite sites in Peru. Love your capture!

  2. Tom Bartel February 10, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Thanks, Corrine. Although it’s a beautiful site, photographing it is a bit of a challenge.

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