Notes on the Geography of Peru: Cusco: Photo 101
Ropes keep visitors from approaching the foundation of the so-called circular tower or Muyumarca, uncovered only in 1933 and in Inca times filled with water brought by conduit from an unknown source.
There's not much to see up here now, but recall the words of Garcilaso de la Vega: the Spanish "demolished all of the polished masonry that was built within the fortification walls, so that there is no house in the city that was not built with that stone." This included the Cathedral. What survives is mostly what was too heavy to move. Cieza de Leon, who like Garcilaso was here in the 1540s, regretted the loss and hoped that what remained would be saved: "It would be appropriate," he wrote, "to order it preserved in memory of the greatness of the land...." (Gasparini, p. 288). Stone continued to be removed from the site until the 1930s.
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