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A series of windows in the Coricancha Inca ruins. Coricancha, at one time, was the Inca's richest temple. Now, only the ruins remain, and the church of Santo Domingo is built on top of the ruins. These windows are from a series of chambers that are dedicated to thunder and rainbows. The stone work at these ruins is considered to be some of the best in the Inca empire. I was particularly impressed to learn about some of the technology associated with the architecture, in particular, that the Incas used no mortar or other substance to hold the stones together, and that they used a trapezoidal shape (instead of a square or rectangle) for doors and windows because the shape is more stable during an earthquake.

I cropped the top and bottom fo the orignal to line up the frame with the line of the stones.

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