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Hatumrumiyoc & the Palace of Inca Roca

Listed under Ancient Monuments in Cusco, Peru.

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One of the most impressive features of the Incan sites in the Sacred valley is the way they're built using stones cut into all different shapes and sizes then slotted together perfectly – it's why some many Incan structures have survived when younger constructions have been felled by earthquakes. But one of the most impressive examples of this can be found on Hatunrumiyoc Street. Into the wall along it is built the 'Twelve-angle stone' – which is just what it sounds like, a stone with twelve sides, all of them perfectly flush with the stones around it.

This single stone can be found with its many neighbours lining almost the entire length of Hatunrumiyoc Street. The wall has had colonial sections added to it, and the site currently houses an art museum and the Archbishop's Palace.

Lets be clear about a few things though: firstly, Hatunrumiyoc is not an Incan name, it means 'Great Stone' in Quechua, which is the modern language of Cusco. It's thought that the wall was once part of a palace belonging to Inca Roca the Inca ruler around 1350, but there are other experts who argue that it pre-dates him and that he only repaired the wall and didn't build it originally.

Written by  Stuart James.

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