The stone of the 12 Angles: “A sample of the great Inca ingenuity”

Cusco was the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, where the Incas made civil, military and religious constructions. There are still many copies of Inca architecture, which despite time have resisted and remain firm as is the twelve angled stone a sample of the great Inca ingenuity.

Among the magnificent buildings that the Incas sculpted, stands out the stone of the twelve angles, a very famous Inca work of the city of Cusco and its fame is due to the age of its construction, the perfection of its engineering, its carving and perfect mounting.

Street where the stone of the 12 angles is located
Street where the stone of the 12 angles is located

Where it is located?

The stone of the the twelve angles is next to the Church of Triumph, two blocks from the main square, on Hatun Rumiyoq Street (large stone in Quechua). This street takes us from the main square to the San Blas neighborhood, which is full of crafts, jewelry and clothing businesses typical of the region.

Hatun Rumiyoq Street
Hatun Rumiyoq Street

The stone of the 12 angles and the sample of the great Inca ingenuity

12 angle stone photograph
12 angle stone photograph

It is a block of stone that is made of green diorite, a stone widely used in Inca architecture. It is also one of the important symbols of the city of Cusco and is embedded in an Inca wall, which is part of the Archbishop’s Palace and the Museum of Religious Art of Cusco, where paintings of the Cusco school are exhibited.

The wall where this famous stone is embedded, is admired for its polygonal architecture and also has overlays of colonial and republican walls. This wall is characterized in that in the center of the wall the stone of the twelve angles is located, popularly known for its perfect assembly of its corners, for its great finish, assembly and its Inca perfectionist border.

It is currently considered Cultural Heritage of the Nation of Peru and is a tourist destination visited by tourists traveling to the city of Cusco.

The city tour in Cusco includes the 12 angles stone

old photograph of the stone ofthe twelve angled stone in Cusco
old photograph of the 12 angles stone

The city tour is a necessary and essential for any tourist. It takes you to explore, know the history and discover the treasures that capture the interest of the main tourist attractions, which are close to the City.

Within the entire range of archaeological centers and museums offered by the City Tour, is this attractive Inca work: “The stone of the 12 angles” a sample of the great Inca ingenuity. So it is advisable to take a city tour, as you can learn more about this cultural heritage of the nation, and like any other tourist attraction in the city of Cusco.

Stone data of the 12 angles

  • The stone of the twelve angles is in a public street so it has no cost to approach and visit it at any time of the day. However, it is not allowed to touch it.
  • It is estimated that it weighs approximately 6 tons. At its edges it is not possible to enter a needle because it fits perfectly with the surrounding stones.
  • The stone is part of the headquarters of the archbishop’s palace of Cuzco that was previously the residence of Inca Roca, the sixth sovereign of Curacazgo del Cuzco. His name was Guamán Poma de Ayala and he is said to have lived 154 years.
  • Experts estimate that, if this stone is removed, the entire construction where it is located would collapse.

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