Though the city, located some 60 km (37 miles) north of Cusco, is truly ancient—the city center probably dates to the 1300s—much of it was razed in the 15th century by Inca Emperor Pachacuti, after he conquered the region. He rebuilt the city’s monuments in perfectly fitted pink granite boulders quarried about 5 km (3 miles) away. The amazing Temple of the Sun still stands, a testimony to the Inca architects’ prowess.
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