Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu

#3 of 13 in Historic Sites in Machu Picchu
Historic Site · Ruin
One of three primary Machu Picchu structures, Temple of the Sun remains one of Peru's most significant archeological treasures. A well-preserved example of the ancient Incas' advanced stone-building techniques, the semi-circular tower sits on a giant granite slab and contains the celebrated "Inti Watana" stone, a sundial arranged to point at the sun during the winter solstice ritual. The Incas strongly believed their stone sundial held the sun in place on its annual path across the sky. Take a guided tour of this World Heritage Site to learn more about the temple's role in the Inca belief system. Plan a trip to Machu Picchu easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • The Temple of the Sun is considered one of the most sacred temples in all of Machu Picchu. In this sacred temple, it is believed the Inca's worshiped their sun god. The four sided window is...  more »
  • It is hard to say anything more that other people haven't said about this.. the first day we got there, the clouds had socked in, we ere in drizzle and the views were sporadic at best but on the...  more »
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