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Notes on the Geography of Peru: Ollantaytambo: Photo 53

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A ditch runs along one side of it.

The architect Graziano Gasparini writes that "the Incas were not city builders. With the exception of Cuzco, the known examples tend to give the impression of a limited urban concept. The lack of cities may, however, result from a planned policy of territorial control. It seems that the nucleus of control was more important than the great city"

And Ollantaytambo? Gasparini calls is a "unique case of regular planning..." He writes that "the entire Ollantaytambo complex was under construction at the moment of the conquest. Thus, we are dealing with an urban concept of the final years of the Inca empire, and regularity of the plan may possibly suggest a groping toward increasingly precise and rigid principles of order. By pure chance, in Europe, at the same time, Renaissance urbanism was turning toward certain principles of order, which were then applied in the colonial cities founded by Spain in America" (Inca Architecture, pp. 68-71).

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