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Quenco is the name given to these fascinating ruins, located just 4 km / 2.5 miles northeast of Cusco. It is believed that it was destined to the worship of the land. Its Quechua name means zigzag, probably due to the labyrinthine underground galleries, or due to the small channels carved on rocks with that shape.
The complex contains a semicircular amphitheatre that surrounds a natural carved stone. It also has a rocky projection decorated with a passage that leads to an underground hall, a complex of cultivation terraces, rooms and a drainage channels system destined to evacuate the water from the area.
The amphitheatre is constituted by slight-curve wall of 50 meters long approximately, which exhibits 19 large niches.
The focal point of this layout is a stone whose original shape could have been a puma or a phallus. It was probably destroyed by the persevering colonial friars that pursued idolatries.
It is widely believed that the archaeological site of Quenco was used for religious ceremonies, as the limestone monolith is carved with symbolic zigzags, possibly used for ritual sacrifices and mummification.
On top there are recorded images of several animals like llama and puma, while below, a large semi-circular amphitheater remains in good condition, along with stairs and tunnels.
The site was declared a Cultural Heritage (Patrimonio Cultural) of the Cusco Region by the National Institute of Culture.
It is one of the largest wak'as (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many wak'as were based on naturally occurring rock formations.
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