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The Village of Ingapirca in Ecuador. c 10,500 feet above sea level. The main attraction is a pre-Inca, pre-Colombian sun temple.

Quote:The Cañari lived here long before the Incas arrived, erecting a Temple of the Moon, the foundations of which are still visible today. The Incas, led by Huayna Capac, arrived at the end of the 15th century and defeated the Cañari after a long, drawn-out battle. Interestingly, following their victory, the Inca had enough respect for the Cañari to build a community together, and constructed their own Temple of the Sun to complement the original temple.

As well as employing their astonishing stonework, the Inca also built a complex underground irrigation network. Ingapirca was almost certainly used for ritual sacrifices because female skeletons have been unearthed on a site that was probably a convent for maidens.

Ingapirca’s position overlooking the surrounding valley was of key strategic importance, but the city’s growth was short-lived because the Spanish arrived before it was even completed. Ingapirca was ransacked and much of the stonework taken by the Spanish to build churches in Cuenca and beyond. The site lay abandoned until the Ecuadorian government began a restoration process in the mid-20th century, and the site was opened to the public in 1966. It is now run by a group of local Cañari indígenas.


Tags: Black and white Ecuador Landscape and travel Ingapirca

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SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 7:14AM
Nice image and a very interesting write up.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
17 Jan 2013 7:17AM
A lovely photo and great info on this special place Jeff !!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
17 Jan 2013 7:22AM
A comprehensive info, an excellent mono, fabulous tones, Jeff!
platzy 5 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 8:30AM
Fantastic contrast and detail, looks great in mono.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
17 Jan 2013 8:37AM
Expansive mono Jeff, well composed.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 8:57AM
Great composition, think I would prefer colour not sure, might come back later as I do like this
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
17 Jan 2013 8:57AM
Fantastic and great image,very well done,
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
17 Jan 2013 9:20AM

Quote:Great composition, think I would prefer colour not sure, might come back later as I do like this

Thanks, Ann....have now uploaded the original colour raw file Smile
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 1:54PM
Excellent panorama Jeff, love the light on the white buildings.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
17 Jan 2013 2:32PM
Very interesting information. Mono looks very good, a lovely balance and tonal range.

17 Jan 2013 2:57PM
Nice mono, works very well. So V1 for me
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
17 Jan 2013 3:14PM
OK,you have had a long enough break from my moanings and I am back.
Had enough grey days in the last month,
so colour all the way for me !!
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 5:23PM
Good composition and choice of format, lots of detail and good range of tones.
Well done.
Darryl. Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 6:57PM
Educational, Informative, and very interesting

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Tibetan 6 3 England
19 Jan 2013 1:01PM
Mono for me Jeff, interesting narrative, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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