Inca Fortress Wall Collapses

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Wall of Inca Fortress in Peru Collapses in Heavy Rains
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=350489&CategoryId=14095

LIMA – A stone wall of the ceremonial Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman near the Andean city of Cuzco collapsed in the heavy rains that have drenched various parts of Peru since the beginning of the month, Peruvian authorities said Friday.

The director of the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Washington Camacho, told Efe that the collapse of the 5-meter (16-foot) high wall occurred around 3:00 a.m. Thursday amid a torrential downpour.

Camacho said that the wall of 22 stones is on the third level of the bastion’s platform on the south side of the Sacsayhuaman terrace,” the place where the famous Inti Raymi festival is held every June 24.

He added that Cuzco authorities “have already organized the emergency work of restoing this wall and the job is expected to be finished in 45 days.”

The official said that the rest of the 3,000 hectare (7,400 acre) archaeological park, located at 3,700 meters (12,131 feet) above sea level, is under control, adding that his team is keeping watch to prevent any eventual collapse of the walls of Sacsayhuaman.

This fortress, considered one of the greatest architectural works of the Inca Empire together with the citadel of Machu Picchu, began construction in the 15th century when Pachacutec reigned, but the work, in which 20,000 men took part, went on for two more reigns, those of Tupac Yupanqui and Huayna Capac. EFE

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