The stone of the 12 angles of the Incas
The Inca Empire was the largest empire of pre-Columbian America and its administration, political and military center is located in Cuzco, Peru, where you can still find many remnants of the empire.
The Incas are appreciated for their architecture and masonry and many of their structures have stood the test of time and continue to stand firm today.
The Incas are widely known for their architectural works, which features stones cut in very precise shapes and assembled without mortar.
The most famous example is the famous “stone of the 12 angles”, located on Hatun Rumiyoc Street in the historic center of Cuzco, where the Archbishop’s Palace is located, the current owner of the stone. On March 8, 2014 the stone was painted with a vandalism and the block could not be completely cleaned.
Admired for its perfect assembly, it is said that not even a sheet of paper can be inserted between the joints of the stones! Cuzco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and the city is a very popular destination for those who want to learn more about the Inca Empire. The 12-angled stone is a very important tourist destination, so be prepared for large crowds and tourists taking selfies.
Finally, while the photo that opens the entrance is a close up of the stone with the marks of the angles, while allowing to appreciate the skill and craftsmanship involved. Now let’s compare the scale of the stone with a person so that you can really appreciate the size of this incredible example of the mastery they had of the art of the masonry of the Incas.