Architectural Inspirations: Machu Picchu / by Nicole Frederick

We’ve been hearing plenty about visiting and hiking Machu Picchu lately, and general Peru talk, whether it’s our friend who just visited Lima or another friend who just spent two weeks in Cusco and hiked Machu Picchu. 

You can’t deny that plenty of inspiration has come from ancient ruins—just take Egypt as an example, and how the captivating pyramids have been translated through art, photography, design and fashion. That’s why there’s no doubt that Machu Picchu, this fortress from the Inca Empire whose ruins date from 1300 D.C., has a hand in inspiring plenty of iconic locations we’ve passed by and have been in awe with. If you’re lucky enough to pack up and take a trip to visit this vast area filled with stairs, plazas, tombs, temples, and palaces, reaching your destination is the only architectural inspiration you’ll need for your lifetime. 

You’ll also start to see more and more Machu Picchu inspiration when you head back home since it’s everywhere! 

A little bit of backstory on Machu Picchu: The Citadel contains the remains of the ancient settlement formed by this village part of the Inca civilization, located at the east side of the valley constituted by mountain systems, Machu Picchu, and Huayna Picchu, and the Central Andes in the South of the country.

The Inca Empire was able to perform the most extraordinary architecture works that still can be appreciated from the large number of ruins left, all over the mountain system that surrounds the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Indescribable designs and great architectural organization were the main facts to make possible such an incredible city that was divided in a number of sections.

The Sacred Plaza has been designated as the political center of the urban sector. It is surrounded, or better said, consisting of the main temple, the sacred Temple of the Three Windows and the Intihuatana (religious symbol represented by a carved Aerolite in solid rock), although also sits to the House of the Priest and the sacred Temple of the Moon.

While we focused on a few of the surrounding areas of Machu Picchu, there are plenty of other spaces to discover. And if you’re wondering what we like about this divine inspiration, we’ll go ahead and say the abundance of cement (gray) against lush nature (green).