Machu Picchu: Sacred Inti Watana Stone

Sacred Inti Watana Stone in Machu Picchu, Peru

Sacred Inti Watana Stone in Machu Picchu, Peru

Sacred Inti Watana Stone
The Inti Watana stone is one of the enigmatic structures in Machu Picchu. Inti Watana (Intihuatana) in Quechua means “hitching post for the sun.” While nobody is sure of its actual use, many experts believe that it was used as an astronomic clock or a calendar. It casts the longest shadow on the summer solstice (June 21) and shortest shadow on the winter solstice (December 21).

The Inti Watana stones were part of many Inca sacred sites and were treated as sacred objects. According to a legend, people used to touch their foreheads to the stone and experience spiritual vision. The Spanish considered this pagan worship and systematically destroyed them. The Inti Watana stone (shown in the image) in Machu Picchu is the only one that was found intact because the Spanish never discovered the site.

Related Pages
Ancient Cultures of Peru, Inca Civilization, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lima, and Peru

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