Machu Picchu


Journal Article

Some of the Inca stonework in Inca archaeological sites backed in the Inca empire in early 16th century, are thoughtfully protected by substantial and attractive glass walls. Machu Picchu is the most widely known and admired, aside from Cusco, which is now a curious combination of Spanish colonial arches perched atop solid and often severely angular Inca foundation walls. The Machu Picchu, that is used to be a sacred location and royal retreat, is believed to have been constructed about 1450 and to have flourished until about 1540. Fortunately, Machu Picchu maintains a truly indigenous architecture, providing unadulterated insight into its original design and construction, as well as into Inca engineering.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petroski, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 97 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 15 - 19

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-0996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1511/2009.76.15

Citation Source

  • Scopus