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Piquillacta, the perfect city

Posted by Arturo Alva on Dec 18, 2015 3:49:51 PM

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Piquillacta is a pre-Inca city that belonged to the Wari culture. Is located in the Quispicanchi province. 

About 30 km southeast of the city of Cusco and 3,250 mts. Is an important tourist spot to visit.

It’s characterized as one of the best planned cities of ancient Peru and a sample of advanced planning of the time. It was one of the most important administrative centers and cultists of the Wari culture.

It has buildings, courts and squares with rectangular and square shapes geometrically established. The buildings are of uncut stone and adobe organized in separated lines by streets and walls up to 12 mts. high, making look like a fortress.

Scholars such as Peruvian archaeologist García Rossell says that there are two different architectural styles: quarry stone walls and ashlar walls with a perfect Inca style. It was possibly built an Inca city on an old Wari capital.

In 1927, there were found in this place 40 turquoise idols representing human figures with different costumes. The small figures measured 25 - 45 mm. high and are a great source for the study of clothing in Peru.

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Arturo Alva

Topics: Cusco

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