National Geographic : 1930 Jun
© National Geographic Society Natural-Color Photograph by Jacob Gayer "HAIL, CUZCO, GREAT CITY, I SALUTE THEE!" Thus Andean travelers greeted the capital as they approached its portals. Tradition tells us that the Sun God himself sent acelestial pair tolocate it with a golden wedge which would sink from sight when the ground was reached where the deity would havehis major shrine, built byearthly followers. In the days of the Incas' glory, Cuzco could vie in sanctity, grandeur, power, and even wealth, with the great cities oftheancient world.