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Temple of the
Three Windows


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Bingham thought Machu Picchu might prove to be “that mythical place from which the Incas had come when they started out to found Cuzco [Cusco] and to make the beginnings of that great empire which was to embrace a large part of South America.”

The explorer believed that the fact that a temple at Machu Picchu had three large windows (right)—a rare feature in Inca architecture—was evidence of the city’s importance to the Inca.

Temple of the Three Windows

Photograph by Hiram Bingham


Shortly After the DiscoveryHiram BinghamAerial View of the TerrainClearing the SiteTemple of the Three WindowsThe Sacred Plaza


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