Exploring the Mysteries of the Andes

The Walls of Saqsaywaman

It is hard to understand why the Killke, who are thought to be responsible for building these walls, chose arguably the most complex and convoluted method to construct them. Some of the monoliths, that have been slotted together like complicated LEGO, weigh over 100 tons and were carved into complex polygonal shapes before being lifted and mounted into place. Behind the walls, there is very little – suggesting that they weren’t built for defensive purposes, and yet there size and dominance over the landscape suggests they were built as a strong deterrent. As such, they are one of the great mysteries of the Andes.

© Robin Heyworth – Photo taken 19th March 2002

The walls of Saqsaywaman