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We continue touring the different Inca constructions inside Machu Picchu, this time we will learn a little more about the Main Temple or known as Wayrana, it has three perfect walls with seven trapezoidal windows in the central wall and five on the sides.

Some believe that it was an altar of sacrifices, likewise can be seen in the front you can see a rock where the southern cross is carved which was projected on the Winter Solstice adopting a figure.

Today we will know a little of its history, how to get to the main temple, why it is in the religious sector among other additional information:

How to get to the Main Temple of Machu Picchu?

Once we have entered the llaqta Machu Picchu, we must climb the stairs to reach the House of the Guardian in Machu Picchu (classic photo) from there we go down to the Sacred Plaza where we will find the Temple of the three windows and the main temple Inca constructions where important ceremonies were held.

From there you continue your route visiting the Intihuatana, the Sacred Rock, and other Inca buildings.

History of the Main Temple of Machu Picchu

The Main Temple is very close to the Temple of the Three Windows, historically we know that it was built during the rule of Emperor Pachacuteq in the fifteenth century, both buildings are architecturally similar, the difference is that the temple's huge rocks that are there are finely carved, polished and is more linear.

As a result of studying this site, scholars mentioned that the most important spiritual rituals and celebrations were held in the Main Temple, and that the holes in the walls were used to bury the dead.

The Main Temple is also called Wayrana, this because it presents only three walls, the normal thing is to see a wall of four sides, but it is not like that; the walls are made of big blocks of stone in the base with a length of about 12 meters and as width you have 8 meters. In the front part you can see a carved rock where the image of the Southern Cross is.

At present, it still preserves its construction, but due to climatic changes and some storms that occur in the place have moved part of the construction to the northeast, including some scholars add that this construction crosses a geological fault and this would be the cause of the damage that is shown today.

Finally, the site was intended to worship the god Wiracocha, the supreme lord of the Andean culture, according to experts who studied the Inca citadel. If you want to know this magnificent site, just write to our email ventas@terandes.com or leave us a message on our WhatsApp +51 984 550 165 and we will help you organize your trip, do not wait any longer and visit the Inca citadel Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Religious Sector

As I pointed out at the beginning, this enclosure was a center where rituals and religious ceremonies dedicated to the god Wiracocha, creator of the universe and main deity of the Incas were practiced, according to other records that were found.

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