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Notes on the Geography of Peru: Cusco: Photo 53

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It's hard to trace the changing appearance of this place, in part because since the 19th century it's been described as the site of the Inca Roca's palace. He, however, is a legendary figure, not a historical one, and the site during Inca time is identified by Adam Herring as a sacred agricultural terrace, which may have suported a temple to the Thunder God, Intiilllapa, and been the site of ceremonial corn planting each year. With the fall of the Inca, a house was built atop the terrace. The house became the property of the Church only in 1948 and served as the archbishop's palace only from 1957 to 1967, when it became a museum. The building on the other side of the fountain is a chapel.

See Adam Herring, "Shimmering Foundation: The Twelve-Angled Stone of Inca Cusco," in Critical Inquiry, 2010.

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