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An Inca Wall Above Cuzco

By handlerstudio  
The Incas were arguably the finest stonemasons the world has ever seen. They worked without metal, and even today, with Inca walls, you still cannot get a razor blade between two stones. The Andes, the second tallest mountain range in the world, is in the background. I am including a monochrome version of this, then a variety of examples from Cuzco and Olantaytumbo, of more stone work. In Cuzco, the Spaniards, conquerors of the Inca Empire, built on top of Inca foundations, and so we see them today. One photo shows a very small stone, thought to be the smallest stone in an Inca wall. It is the diameter of a finger and about a foot or two long.

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Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
11 Apr 2013 3:53AM
Beautifully interesting, V1, V6, and V8 for my choice. Just love those mountains and stone work...Wink

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
11 Apr 2013 4:23AM
These are totally amazing photos Peter and the write up excellent !! You really do give me a new appreciation for that amazing lost civilization !
johnke 5 223 15
11 Apr 2013 4:48AM
They are all amazing Peter and so well captured, I enjoyed them all but I do favor the last one...John
tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
11 Apr 2013 5:41AM
No need to pour concrete when you can get the same result in fine stnework. How did they do that? There must be a system. TG
gwynn56 6 87 England
11 Apr 2013 5:53AM
beautiful set of images , well done Smile
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
11 Apr 2013 6:46AM
Wonderful shots and an interesting write up, perfect. V1 is stunning and the mono version works equally as well as the colour one.

11 Apr 2013 7:48AM
Great set of captures and interesting information. V1 is amazing.
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:50AM
Great series..
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
11 Apr 2013 9:18AM
Amazing set Peter , iam not practical by nature but the quality of work here is outstanding (V6) really amazing. As for the photos V1 is spectacular with the lovely light on the mountains GrinGrin

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 10:56AM
Superb set of images and great write up

Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 11:12AM
Impressive scenery and a fascinating wall.

Sue Smile
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
11 Apr 2013 12:57PM
Stunning set of images, still enthralled by your images
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
11 Apr 2013 1:53PM
Incredibly fine masonry shown here-- great images!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Apr 2013 2:30PM
A great set of images.
11 Apr 2013 7:34PM
Un cuadro maravilloso..
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2013 8:00AM
Each image deserving a solo showing,
love the rock textures and the perfect interlocking way that only the Incas mastered the art. Wonderful set Peter! V1 and V6 are my favorites. IB
12 Apr 2013 4:38PM
This is a stunning set of images, Peter!
The precision of the stonemasons is astounding - no micrometers(if you could get one big enough!) used here!!
I love all versions; V1, which shows so much variety of colour, tones and textures, hits the top for me!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 11:00PM
Stunning colour and light and I wonder how they carried those stones to build the wall.

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