The stone of the 12 angles is one of the most popular attractions of the city of Cusco. Its fame is due to the perfection of its construction. It is a huge polished stone, which fits perfectly in each of its corners with the rest of the stones that form the wall. It is located on Hatun Rumiyoc Street. The visit to this place is free. It is one of the most photographed places in Cusco.
- The stone reaches up to two meters deep and weighs six tons.
- Some architects declare that, if for some reason it were removed, it would collapse the wall of the Museum of Religious Art (Archbishop’s Palace), built over the palace of the Inca Sinchi Roca.
- The stone of the twelve angles is composed of a green diorite formation.
- Its popularity is due to its great finish and bordered by twelve angles denoting a perfectionist Inca architecture because there are no asymmetries in their joints.
- The block is categorized as Cultural Patrimony of the Nation of Peru.
- It is a great example of Inca knowledge in the evolution of construction.
Where is it located?
- The stone of the 12 angles is located in Hatun Rumiyoq street (big stone in Quechua language), almost 500 meters from the Plaza de Armas of the city. It is part of an Inca wall where currently sits the Archbishop’s Palace and Museum of Religious Art of Cusco.
- Getting there is easy. From the Plaza de Armas you must climb the slope ‘Triunfo’. This road leads to Hatun Rumiyoc street, which is crowded with handicraft, jewelry and clothing stores. It is there where the stone of the 12 angles is located.
How much does it cost to visit?
- The stone of the 12 angles is located in a public street so there is no cost to visit it.
- The visit can be made at any time of the day. The structure of this architectural work must be respected. It is not allowed to touch it. You can visit it by requesting the company of a tour guide.