Ollantaytambo: Who Were These Giant Steps Made For?

Ollantaytambo is one of Peru’s most visually appealing locations. It’s hard to think that the Incan civilization, with its restricted technology, could have built such a structure, which is supposed to be the Incas’ and is located at a height of 2,792 meters above sea level.

During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was Emperor Pachacuti’s royal domain, and after capturing the area, he erected the town and the ceremonial complex there.

 

During the Spanish invasion, Manco Inca Yupanqui, the Inca resistance leader, used it as a fortification.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, as it is now known, is a popular tourist destination. However, as we’ve discussed on our channel before, how could a civilisation create such great structures in such a short period of time?

Furthermore, why did they construct some of these structures and what was their purpose? Some Peruvian ruins, particularly those at Ollantaytambo, raise the question of why the giant staircases cut into the hillside were created on such vast sizes if they were designed for human use.

According to mythology, the Incan monarch Pachacuti “conquered” Ollantaytambo and the surrounding land during the mid-15th century. Everything was put into his own estate.

The emperor then claims to have lavishly restored the town, as well as skillfully terracing and irrigating the Urubamba Valley… Especially if you have no prior knowledge of these techniques…

Ollantaytambo’s main village is orthogonal, with four longitudinal streets connecting with seven parallel streets. On three sides, a vast plaza in the grid’s center, open to the east, is encircled by halls and other town blocks. The city’s northern parts include a wider range of architectural types.

Surprisingly, the degree of erosion that has occurred over time has rendered the original plans hard to detect, maybe indicating its genuine age? Were giants once able to use these massive ledge steps? Perhaps it had a similar purpose as Morray, an ancient site?

Morray, a fascinating location that was also supposed to be Incan, had an important role.

Horticulturists appear to have designed this massive building. Scientists’d learned that by building these raised ledges at specific angles to the seasonal winds and light, they could gradually convert plants that were previously unsuitable for the climate over many generations.

Is this the cause for Ollantaytambo’s construction? In academics, Moray is rarely known, and modern paradigms fail to explain its existence and function. The original places, while not giants, were as spectacular.

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