Machu Picchu: Astronomy Mirrors

Astronomy Mirrors in Machu Picchu, Peru

Astronomy Mirrors in Machu Picchu, Peru

Astronomy Mirrors
Located below the Sun Temple in Machu Picchu are the two round structures used by the Inca to observe the stars. Just like the Mayans, the Incas were keen observers of the sky. They filled the round structures with water and observed the images of the stars in the water.

Built at an elevation of 8000ft on a mountain peak, the citadel at Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It was a self-contained city in which the Inca people lived for about 100 years. This city had agricultural terraces (andenes), underground and overground drainage systems, temples, royal tomb, astronomic observatories and residential quarters for the nobility and common people.

Machu Picchu Images
Sacred Inti Watana Stone
Royal Tomb
Principal Temple on the Sacred Plaza
Sun Temple
Central Plaza
Residential Quarters
Agricultural Terraces
A view of Machu Picchu
Huayna Picchu

Related Pages
Machu Picchu, Cusco
Inca Civilization, Ancient Cultures of Peru
Lima, Peru

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