National Geographic : 1938 Feb
THE INCAS: EMPIRE BUILDERS OF THE ANDES Photograph by Luis D. Gismondi PARTS OF THE MAGNIFICENT INCA TEMPLE OF THE SUN MAY STILL BE SEEN IN CUZCO The Spanish Monastery of Santo Domingo was built on its ruins (page 243), but plainly visible at one end are the smoothly cut and fitted stones of the older edifice, the finest known example of curved-wall Inca masonry. Spanish-Moorish architecture and stuccoed walls above contrast strikingly with the simple strength of the Inca stonework below. A source of wonder is the skill with which this hard stone was cut into blocks of exactly the right shape and fitted without mortise or mortar to form the curving outer wall of the temple. Inside the temple, the farther side of this wall was covered with an enormous golden plaque representing the Sun. Surrounding a court were other structures, one dedicated to the Moon and done entirely in silver; others honoring the Stars, the Rainbow, the Thunder and Lightning. 227 ... ....