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A Walking Tour of Machu Picchu, Peru

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Interior Hallway and Rooms
Interior hallway and rooms, Machu Picchu

Interior hallway and rooms, Machu Picchu

Photograph by Gina Carey
There are nearly 200 rooms at Machu Picchu, including residences, temples, storage buildings, altars, and observatories. There were also several shrines for the practice of ancestor worship of the Inca, a religious cult in which centuries-old mummies of ancestors were kept and tended. Doorways and walls were not necessarily rectangular in outline or plan, but all fit together tightly.

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