Ollantaytambo, called Ollanta by the locals, is an ancient Inca temple and fortress as well as a village in Peru, located at the northwestern end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It lies about 95 km (60 miles) north of Cuzco and is home to some of the best-preserved Inca ruins in Peru.
Ollantaytambo was the estate of the Emperor Pachacuti who built the ceremonial center and the town. During the Spanish conquest in Peru, Manco Inca Yupanqui, the leader of the Inca resistance, used it as a fortress. It has the distinction of being the only place in Peru where, in 1536, the Inca repelled the Spanish army. The Spanish returned however, with more forces and the Inca retreated to Vilcabamba.
The ruins at Ollantaytambo are mostly of religious significance, although they were also important strategically. Built in the 1400s, the large Inca fortress (also known as Temple Hill) and the Temple of the Sun with its monolithic stones soar above the town’s cobbled streets. Ancient symbol-like marks in relief still adorn these huge stones. The complex also includes a stepped terrace as well as an area known as the Princess Baths, where ceremonial bathing took place.
Looking acroos the valley from the terraces you can see the old ruined storehouses (quollqa), built by the Incas to store agricutural crops.
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