The twelve-angled stone is an archeological artefact in Cuzco, Peru. It was part of a stone wall of an Inca palace, and is considered to be a national heritage object. The stone is currently part of a wall of the palace of the Archbishop of Cuzco.
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It is located on a pedestrian only street which now has many vendors selling various tourist goods. If you time it right you will see a local dude dressed up as an Inca King trying to sell you more stuff. An interesting block in a wall, BUT, if this is your thing you can walk up to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site in the hills of Cusco. Only a 20-30 minute walk from the 12 angled stone and an Amazing presentation of similar stone walls that are substantially larger and more impressive.
Tip: there is a (less famous and less touristy) 13 angled stone in the wall, try to find that one ;) Hint: turn two corners.
This guy is pointing out to me the significance of this rock. It has twelve angles and there were twelve Inca kings. I agree the symbolism is a bit weak, and was made weaker when he pulled away to try and point out to me rocks with, respectively, thirteen and fourteen angles. I've been reading this book on design motifs and it turns out twelve was significant to the Arabs too and figures prominently in their design. You've got the, I guess you call them dodecagons and dodecagrams — regular twelve-sided polygons and twelve-pointed stars. The dodecahedron is one of the Platonic Solids but here we're talking about plane figures. Important to the Arabs and the Moors for two reasons — the twelve apostles, and the interesting arithmetic nature of twelve: the sum of its divisors exceeds it. And that is true; you can divide twelve evenly by 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, but you can only divide ten evenly by 1, 2, and 5. I guess twelve may also figure in the Sumerian and Babylonian cosmologies because twelve evenly divides into sixty, which was the base of their number system and you still see vestiges of today in the number of minutes in an hour, and seconds in a minute. They divided not just time but space into sixty. Nice number sixty. But then you'll have people tell you fourteen is so very important because, now listen closely, the Arab months, Jewish ones too for all I know, traditionally started two days after the new moon. Then counting fourteen days from then you get to the full moon. Except sometimes it's thirteen or fifteen. And in the old testament all the magic mystical marvelous numbers are three and seven and forty. You can create any meaning you like. You can do it with tea leaves. You can do it with grains of sand. You can do it with that stuff that collects between your toes and in your belly button. Do you know what the ancient Chinese did? I actually know this. They put tortoise shell bones in the fire and the shamans read the cracks to divine portents. The writing thus derived is called Oracle Bone Script and along with numeric and animalistic ownership markings on pottery shards is the first example of Chinese pre-Shang Dynasty writing. The irregular arrangement of the rocks that comprise the base pediment of the "rock of twelve angles" helps to distribute weight in the likely event of an earthquake.
It’s a stone, there is nothing amazing about it, google it and you’ll find a better pic than you’d take. Worth a visit if you are close. But wouldn’t go out your way to see it. Rather busy too
It's a great example of Inca stonework but there are better examples in Sacsayhuaman
Close to the main square. After Calle triunfo you can find this place is a beautiful street. A great place to take awesome picture. People there are gonna try to sell everything. Just try to be nice :)
It was anticlimactic. There is no information at the actual stone about what it is all about and why it is important. All that were there were a few armed guards, some cheesy people you could take pictures with if you pay them, and then tourists taking pictures of themselves with a stone in the wall. It would be better if there was some plaque or board discussing Inca architecture and why this style of construction is so important to Peru's history, but until that time I would not say this is a must see attraction in Cusco.
Tip1: there is a (less famous and less touristy) 13 angled stone in the wall, try to find that one ;) Hint: turn two corners. Tip2: there is also a 14 angled stone too (whaaaaa?? - I know - blows your mind dunnit? :))) Hint: turn one corner and look for the zigzag
A famous stone in one of the historical walls (and places) of Cusco, appearing on every travel guide. In Sacsayhuaman you'll be able to see stones with even more than 12 angles though ...Having this said, it still worth the walk through those streets and appreciate the perfect walls made by incas.
Don't know why this single stone is so singled out on the map. Sure, it's cool to see a twelve sided stone (not really angles), but didn't stand out so much for me. It's located down the street, usually some vendors and police standing right by it if you are having trouble finding it, there's no other real clear marker for it.
Although the stone has a lot of historical significance as well as architectural importance, it is located in a relatively narrow alley with a ton of street vendors so be quick to take your pictures.
This was a rock solid experience. You don't even have to be stoned to enjoy it. It rocked. In all seriousness, here's the stone so you don't have to go in person. It really is just a stone. Read up on the history behind it before you go. Don't make an extra trip to go see it but if you're at the plaza de armas go check it out.
Not sure why it is important, but the stone fits perfectly and resembles the ones that can be seen at Ollantaytambo. The stone is placed at the beautiful historical center of Cusco.
Located on a wall in a small alley just by the main cathedral. A true wonder and a beautiful piece of stonemasonship.
Cool stop through San Blas. Read up on it so you don't get swindled by "guides" for info.
Very cool rock but not easy to find. There are no signs and it is very crowded in the tiny alley filled with people trying to sell you their paintings and souvenirs.