SAQSAHUAMÁN AND THE SUCHUNA
Significance behind the images
Outstanding in the composition are the bastions of Saqsqahuamán and the Suchuna area connected by the central open space.
This image of Saqsahuamán, taken by Fernando Astete shows the trace of the city of Cusco at the top of the picture. Then there is the first mount, that is surrounded by a zigzag wall. This is the only part of the Saqsahuamán that is usually known, considered and appreciated and published as well. When in fact, Saqsahuamán is way bigger because of the importance of the parts that can be seen at the bottom of the picture. The big round part visible is known to be a public area that was originally a water reservoir and it was very important, as it was a sacred artificial lake make and even used by the Incas. It was also used for the water distribution in the city of Cusco.
It is such an important picture because of the things that it signifies. For example, as Adine explained “in the middle of the picture you have the open square which is empty, which is exactly like what happens in Machu Picchu; an empty something in the middle and on one side you have a mount with all the zigzag, which is the Hanan area and on the other part you have the Hurin area and the one with the zigzag wall is the masculine/male area and the lower one is the feminine/female area.” Further explaining why this place is so significant Adine said, “It is so interesting because it is reproducing a sacred topography, with all the scared elements you need to perform all the ceremonies, but it is not done just by the two mounts. It is been built up to have all these elements together, to have ceremonies.” Another fact that is fascinating is that it is literally the first picture that was ever taken in the air of the site. Before this, nobody had ever taken pictures of the Saqsahuamán, comprising all the areas. Thus it is the first complete aerial picture of the Saqsahuamán, making this picture also historically significant.