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The first Inca, Manco Capac was divinely directed to go to Cusco and settle there. That he did, and through successive generations of rulers, this little tribe expanded until it ruled an empire that rivaled that of Rome. Cusco, which they called " The Navel of the World," remained their capital.
Here's a strange bit of lore:
According to Indian legend, Cusco was so barren that no crops could be grown there. In what is now the center of the city, there was a lake and a bog. The second Inca, Sinchi Roca, had the swamp drained and filled with stones and logs until it was firm enough to support their stone buildings. He also had thousands of loads of good earth brought in and spread over the land, making the valley fertile. What could possibly have been the attraction of this barren, boggy place? Suppose the magnificent lower walls of Sacsahuaman were there before Manco Capac came to Cusco. That in itself would be enough to make the place holy.
The 12 cornered stone is in the wall of Inca Roca in Cusco. It is to my mind
the most beautiful of all Inca walls.
It is worth to mention here that the precision of the Incas' stonework, can be compared to the stonework found on the Easter Island: http://www.mysteriousplaces.com/Easter_Island/images/wall-close.JPG
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