MOUNTAIN YANANTIN AND THE SKYLINE
Significance behind the images
This image of the mountain Yanatin was taken in front of the keep, probably sometime during August.
This skyline is so special and so appreciated on the planet. In fact, its used everywhere from advertising materials to websites and so on. An interesting fact about the The workers of Machu Picchu is that while looking at this skyline, they can tell the exact day that the picture was taken. So using the skyline, the workers can determine exactly the day of the year on any day. The sun goes along the skyline, like a clock between one limit to the other limit, it oscillates so to say.
Another reason why it is so special is because it is never straight. It has a 100 thousand mini points, making it very easy to measure the position of the rising sun. So whenever there aren’t any clouds, which is at least 70% to 80% of days in the year, all the workers can tell the day of the year. It is really incredible skill. The day is determined just by looking at the area to the east, and this special skyline is also the reason why the majority of the windows in the sanctuary are facing east. Moreover, the hour can be determine by looking at the lower part of the skyline. Thus, when looking at Wayna Picchu, a watch is not needed.
Comparing different pictures, it is possible to see how the mountains are also projected on this part of the scenery, thus in the morning the effect is reversed. The sun comes out from the skyline in the back and in the afternoon, shadows can be visible. And then looking at the west side, gives exactly the same effect, but upside down. So in the morning you see the closed shadows and in the afternoon you have the sunset. So it is literally an astronomic theater in every moment of the day. Any skilled person can tell the day and the time, taking into consideration that this can be done almost everywhere that you have a mountain. Andean people had this ability, let’s just say that the ability is greatly enhanced in the Adean culture. And everybody can see that.