Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu

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#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in Machu Picchu
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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  • It was a majestic trip with a lot of history and nature. You can have a nice view of the mother nature and Inca structures. If you go with tours guide, they can explain everything you need to know...  more »
  • This is the stone structure that has two windows designed to let sunlight through only during the equinoxes. You cannot actually go inside the "temple" but you can see it from above.  more »
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