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City Tour: The history of Qenqo in Cusco

12 November 2015

Although the original name of this sanctuary is not known, the Spanish conquerors decided to name the K'enko Quechua word that means "labyrinth" is called the Socorro hill and covers an area of ​​just over 3,500 meters cuadradosacaso the labyrinthine underground galleries or small channels carved on rocks in a zigzag pattern, known as the Socorro hill and covers an area of ​​a little square over 3,500 meters.

 

Spanish classified this monument as an amphitheater, probably because it shows a semicircular construction. Actually, the purpose of this cyclopean construction, which may well be an altar, a court or an Inca's tomb, maybe Pachacutec is ignored. Presumably that was one of the most important shrines that were in the empire.

 

Although there are many opinions about the aim that took place, most scholars agree assert that it was dedicated to fertility.

 

qenqo-information-util-Kenko-Cusco-2Dentro of the sectors that can be differentiated in place have, the amphitheater or main square, where you can appreciate a great huaca or shrine, an underground chamber used for ceremonies dedicated to world below, but many others say that the place to mummification and sacrifices were made, finally at the top you can see small sucanca (stony protrusions used to measure time).

 

Although the place, as already indicated, can be visited as part of the city tour, taking the services of a travel agency, it can also be navigated without the service, as it is very close to the main square of Cusco and even there public transportation to the place. (Garden, white and including Christ).

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