Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #35: Architecture

“Machu Picchu: The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.”   — Wikipedia

It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Let this Peruvian flute music accompany you…

Name of this music is Machu Picchu

After entering the gate, we followed the path, walked around the stone walls and up/down the stairways, hiked the narrow trail…, then, a corner of the Machu Picchu village appeared:

A little while later, the clouds and mist were slowly lifted opening up the scenery. Urubamba River was flowing down the mountains smoothly. The village was quietly sitting there and terraces were perfectly curved and angled on the other side:

As we continued to hike down, we could see the village setting clearly. This was the place we fell in love with long before we came for which we had been waiting.

The village sits in a saddle between the two mountains: Machu Picchu and Huayna PicchuIt. The location of the village was a military secret, and its deep precipices and steep mountains provided natural defenses.

It is situated above a bow of the Urubamba River, which surrounds the site on three sides, where cliffs drop vertically for 450 metres (1,480 ft) to the river at their base.

Buildings were in rows, each has its functions. A 5-mile creation.


Walls and buildings were made with blocks of white granite. They were perfectly cut and fit together without cement.

These terraces were built in layers. The structure ensured good drainage to protect erosion and landslides. The bottom layer of larger stones covered by loose gravel, the top of the gravel was mixed sand and gravel packed together with rich topsoil covering all of that.

Temple of the Sun: “the stone is situated at 13°9’48” S. At midday on 11 November and 30 January, the sun stands almost exactly above the pillar, casting no shadow. On 21 June, the stone casts the longest shadow on its southern side, and on 21 December a much shorter shadow on its northern side.”     –Wikipedia

How was it built 500 years ago, with minimum tools? How was it even possible? Even today it would be a huge challenge.


A great architecture marvel!

I’m looking forward to seeing your photos and stories of architecture. Make a link here and tag your post.

Here is the guideline for joining in Lens Artists Photo Challenge.


Thank you for showing us so many creative ways of capturing close-ups (Ann-Christine’s L-A #34). Your photos enable us to appreciate the beauty of details.

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Borage Close-Ups.  Borage bud, flower, and seeds.

Up close to cyclonic swells…


***Stay tuned for Tina’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge next week!

189 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #35: Architecture

  1. This is an incredible adventure and an architectural wonder. I remember the water supply was excellently and intricately built as well – still working when we were there in the 1980’s. Lovely shots and the fitting without cement is incredible! Thank you for taking us to this, in my opinion, most worthy wonder in the world!

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    • Well said, Tish! So glad you enjoyed these images. It was a cloudy day, but it didn’t rain and we were so thankful for that. It’s so easy to take good shots there. 🙂

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  2. Wow – thanks for the photos and history – and all thru the post I kept marveling at how they food donot and then you ended with that (very fittingly too):
    “Even today it would be a huge challenge.”

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  3. Such a lovely post, Amy, photos, music and information… Thank you for sharing these great moments during your visit, must have been a really special experience to be there, see those stone walls, the mountains… the clouds so very close!

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    • Glad you enjoyed the music and these photos. It was a very special travel experience, the ruin was well preserved. You said it so well, I did feel we were so close to the majestic mountains, and the clouds seemed to be reachable. 🙂
      Thank you for your lovely comment, Nicole!

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  6. Thanks, Amy,
    for the pictures and the explanations. I’ve sent links to this one and the previous one to Mary as she will be in Peru in a few weels, and Machu Picchu is on her tour programme.
    Have a great weekend,

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      • No, I’m staying here. I’m sure it is a very interesting trip, but these tour organizers usually pack way too much in a day’s programme for my liking. That’s the reason I also didn’t travel with Mary to China last year. I enjoy way more the trips we plan and organize on our own, like our “RailTrailsRoadTrips”. One upcoming will be Alaska for our 10th anniversaty on August 22. And a longer “RailTrailsRoadTrip” [in the Southwest] is still in the planning stage for October.

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  9. That was a wonderful, picture-filled tour, Amy! The architectural feats by our ancestors are incredible indeed. Future generations might have the same thoughts about us, though! 😉

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    • It is a log way. It took us 3 hours for fly to Miami, stayed there overnight, then an overnight flight to Bogota, then to Cuzco… Thank you so much for visiting, Jonno.

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  22. Hi Amy, your photos of Machu Picchu are incredible. I’ve watched the documentary of this place and was amazed how intact the outline of the architectural structure there is. Thank you so sharing. I surely would like to visit there!


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  28. As a good Peruvian, I live in Venezuela, I am proud of the legendary legacy left us by the Incas. Very near there, recently another city was discovered, it is called the sister of Machu Picchu. They have the same architecture but less imposing. Good for your trip. Greetings.

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    • Thank you so much for your visit and comment, Macalder. I’m honored to have you here.
      Peru is beautiful country, and the people are kind and hard working. It’s wonderful to know the sisiter of MP is discovered.

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  33. I absolutely love these pictures and Machu Picchu to boot….one of favorite places I need to go to. Our middle daughter has been there twice filming for TV show….It has to just look so surreal….again, can’t say enough about the pics…stunning!

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    • It really is. The train and bus helped a lot. I was grateful. Some hikers take Inca Trail and hike 3 days to get MP site. 🙂
      Thank you, Gilly for sharing your unique image of the architecture.


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  56. Fantastic photos, Amy, of this marvel. I have had the pleasure of two quiet mornings on MP, and you captured well the peace and beauty of this citadel in the mountains. I listened to the music as I enjoyed the photos, and thank you for this delightful MP experience.

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