Photo of the Week – The Temple of the Three Windows at Machu Picchu

The Temple of the Three Windows - Machu Picchu
It is believed that the Temple of Three windows (previously five in total) represented the three mythological caves from which the Ayar brothers, children of the sun, stepped into the world.

Inside the remains of the temple is a carved stone with engravings that represent the three levels where the Inca civilization divided the Andean world: the sky spirituality (Hanan-Pacha), the Earth’s surface or the mundane (Kay-Pacha) and subsoil or inner life (Ukju-Pacha). Shards of smashed pottery were found beneath the temple perhaps indicating that pots would have been ritually broken here.

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