Located high on the hill overlooking the city of Cusco, Saksaywaman (pronounced very similarly to ‘sexy woman’) was an Incan fortress, vital to the protection and control of the city. The size of the stones at this fort is impressive, many are bigger than a car and the biggest is estimated to weigh in 200 tons. Yet, despite the gargantuan sizes of the stones, they fit together so perfectly that you can’t fit a piece of paper between them.
With immense terrace walls and enormous stones, it is evident that Saksaywaman was built to demonstrate an image of strength. The inward leaning walls, rounded corners of the blocks, and variety of shapes used in building the fortress is said to have helped the fortress survive numerous earthquakes.
Look at this huge stone dwarfing Bonnie:
This rounded corner is the most impressive remaining part of the complex.
The stones used in the building of Saksaywaman are among the largest used in any building prior to the Spanish conquest. It is hard to believe that using only ropes and lots of man power the Incas brought these stones from miles away. And even with the immensity of the stones that they used, the Incas were still able to maintain their precise stonework.
From the top of the fort we were able to get a clear view of the entire city of Cusco below.