Saturday, October 23, 2010

A few more architectural examples...

This is one of our chapels in the Sacred Valley. Many of the chapels are two-story buildings on narrow pieces of land. All the chapels are behind security fences.

This early 19th Century Colonial style chapel is typical of the smaller Catholic churches in the region. Made of brick and adobe, its foundation is the ruins of an ancient Inca temple according to a pictoral guide book. The fence reflects the Inca design found in tapestries and other artistic works.

We saw several homes made of logs and tin. This homes is windowless. There must be a good story here.

This home's design reflects the Inca architecture in many ways: the stone-on-stone foundation, the half-Inca-cross niches, the trapezoidal door frames, and thatched roof. The trapezoidal feature strengthens the walls and the walls are less likely to crumble in an earthquake.

While this home is not highly decorated, the windows, doors, and thatched roof are typical of Inca inspired architecture. It's interesting to note that the building on the right has a modern tile roof.

The home on the Inca road not far from Machu Picchu is quite reflective of Machu Picchu. The door frame is a replica of the original and untouched entrance into the city of Machu Picchu and adobe figures adorn the front walls. This home also has the red tile roof which is a distinctive feature of the homes and buildings in Cusco.

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