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A Walking Tour of Machu Picchu, Peru

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Rooms Constructed out of Bedrock and Cut Granite
Interior rooms, Machu Picchu, Peru

Interior rooms, Machu Picchu, Peru

Photograph by Gina Carey
The room blocks at Machu Picchu are separated into discrete groups, separated by narrow alleyways. In many cases the finely cut stone architecture abuts steps and other architectural elements cut into the native bedrock. Most of the buildings have single width walls and had steeply pitched thatch roofs; the largest and most important had as many as three walls to protect the inhabitants.

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