Temple of the Sun

Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu

Temple of the Sun
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Built in the form of a circular tower on a massive slab of granite, this sacred edifice contains the famous Intiwatana, or sun dial, which the Incas used to "tie down" the sun at the winter solstice each year.
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1,780 contributions
Temple of the Sun
May 2019
The Temple of the Sun is considered one of the most sacred temples in all of Machu Picchu. In this sacred temple, it is believed the Inca's worshiped their sun god. The four sided window is positioned to capture sunlight during the winter solstice (or summer) in the UK on June 21st. The temple is located high up as they believed they would be closer to the sky and therefore their sun god.
Written 18 April 2020
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VirginiaCW
Mount Pleasant, SC893 contributions
It is hard to say anything more that other people haven't said about this...
May 2019
It is hard to say anything more that other people haven't said about this.. the first day we got there, the clouds had socked in, we ere in drizzle and the views were sporadic at best but on the second day, the skies cleared and we had a view exactly like this that are so amazing, words fail. To be over 2 miles high, to be looking at just over 3 decades of a civilizations's work that was then abandoned and hidden for centuries... it is truly awe inspiring and something everyone should try to see, especially from this high overlook at the Temple of the Sun (the Inca trail gate). Walking there from the Machu Picchu entrance is most difficult because of the altitude. Many people, who must not be experienced walkers/hikers, stupidly attempt this in flip flops or fancy shoes - you need hiking shoes or sneakers at the least - and they don't bring layers - you are in the mountains and the weather can change quickly so always have a shell, a fleece or sweater, or some extra layers to take off and put on - they don't think of sunscreen - your skin will burn - and most importantly you need to bring extra water, to stay hydrated at altitude to prevent altitude sickness, and even better we all suggest you bring some chocolate and a banana or dried fruit for extra energy. These items were the most important to have a successful hike to the top.
Written 18 March 2020
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Maris Z
Sigulda, Latvia388 contributions
Amazing
Feb 2020
An interesting place to watch the Inca's way of communication with the sun. During Machu Picchu's visit, it's definitely worth paying attention.
Written 6 March 2020
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,521 contributions
Built for the Sun God
Mar 2019
The Temple of the Sun at Machu Picchu swas a sacred temple built by the Inca for ceremonies to pay tribute and give offerings to the sun.
Only priests and other high ranking Incas were likely only permitted access into the Temple of the Sun, one of the most sacred temples in all of Machu Picchu.

The site was adapted to natural environment.The construction is semi-circular and built atop an enormous granite rock.
There is a tower with a trapezoidal window. In this sacred temple, it’s believed that Incas worshiped their Sun God, Inti and it may have served as a royal tomb.
This is definitely worth your visit at Machu Picchu
Written 18 February 2020
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Sushar
San Jose, CA619 contributions
Lot of history in this place
Nov 2019
The Temple of the Sun is a semicircular site within the greater Machu Picchu site. It was a place of worship for the Incas used mainly by the high priests. The local tour guides explain the importance of the temple.
Written 15 February 2020
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,201 contributions
Again, impressed with Machu Picchu!
Jan 2020
Again, impressed with Machu Picchu! Machu Picchu is made up of many parts, rooms, overlooks, and terraces. We brought our guide with us who was trained on the land of the Incas. I cannot imagine exploring Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley without his knowledge and experience.

If you do nothing else, fork out the money to hire a good guide. The guide will point out places they have learned on their many visits to Machu Picchu and the other Sacred Valley sites.
Written 9 February 2020
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JulioECP
Puerto Rico62 contributions
Amazing experience!
Jan 2019

It was a majestic trip with a lot of history and nature. You can have a nice view of the mother nature and Inca structures. If you go with tours guide, they can explain everything you need to know about the Incas living ways. Be careful, you can feel very tired because of the altitude, but is it worth it.
Written 16 December 2019
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DincerP
Philadelphia, PA291 contributions
Astronomically interesting
Dec 2019
This is the stone structure that has two windows designed to let sunlight through only during the equinoxes. You cannot actually go inside the "temple" but you can see it from above.
Written 12 December 2019
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mcitaly2016
Santiago, Chile844 contributions
Most sacred construction in the Machu Picchi site
Oct 2019
It is the most famous and symbolic temple in the Machu Picchu site. Semi-circular elements were built for Inti (the sun) and have fascinating connection with solstice and equinox, which will be well explained by your guide. As all Inca construction, it is less elaborated than ancient Greek or Roman remains, but has a fascinating element when put in the context of the unique Inca culture
Written 1 November 2019
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,518 contributions
Torreon
Oct 2019
This temple demonstrates some of Machu Picchu's finest stonework. The semicircular building is though to have been used as an astronomical observatory.
Written 19 October 2019
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