La Paz

Kalasasaya Temple – La Paz

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Coordinates UTM N 8169556 – E 584853
Altitude 3870 m.a.s.l..
Temperature Min. 6 OC – Max. 28 OC

Description

Kalasasaya Temple – La Paz

Kalasasaya is a ceremonial Temple, that presents a well-defined cardinal orientation and according to archaeological investigations, It would have been the ceremonial center of the Monumental archaeological complex Tiwanaku. Kalasasaya is derived from the aymara Kala voice (Stone) and Saya (stopped), It would mean "standing stones". Was built in the early classic urban time and possibly was contemporary to the Templete Semisubterráneo.

It demonstrates advanced knowledge of astronomy, embodied in the monumental structure of your balconera wall so it is considered that it was devoted to fertility or represented by the Pachamama agricultural fertility. It has a rectangular plant carried out on the basis of a constructive system in which are employed stone columns of sandstone and as the closing, carved blocks of the same material. The dimensions of the building are of 128.66 meters long from North to South walls, 119.06 wide in their walls from East to West and has an average altitude of 4.20 meters. The main entrance consists of a staircase of seven steps oriented East, where by entering the first rays of the Sun in the morning.

The archaeologist Posnansky poses that the monumental stone columns have been the solar movement indicators, What led to propose that Tiwanaku was a temple dedicated to mark various astronomical events, especially the different seasons of the year, because its corners and entrance to demarcate the solstices and equinoxes with great precision.

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