On a recent trip to Ingapirca I enjoyed seeing the difference in the stone work of the Cañari and Inca.
The Cañari were the first to build on the site and then the Inca came and added to what was already there. At first glance it all looked the same but as I took a closer look I noticed a significant difference in the stone work.
Some of the stones didn’t fit together as well as others, there was also a difference in their color and texture.
Beauty And Texture At Ingapirca
The Cañari and Inca build with the same type of stone but the stone used by the Cañari looked much rougher and they used a type of mortar to hold the stones together. The Inca polished and cut the stone more precisely and didn’t use mortar. The Inca also shaped the stone to add strength to the structure of their buildings so they were more resistant to tremors.
The way the Inca polished the stone brought out more of their natural color which adds to the beauty and texture of Ingapirca.
An interesting fact we learned while visiting Ingapirca is that when the Spanish came they took stones from Ingapirca and used them in the construction of buildings in Cuenca and other areas.
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