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  • Inside another "room" of the Qoricancha sun temple. Here you can see the contrast between Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. Along the wall are building blocks from the ancient Incan walls. You can see that they are not perfect cubes; they are more trapezoidal, and there are channels, holes, and pegs to help interlock each stone with its neighbors. That building method provided much greater stability in the case of seismic achtivity. While the graceful arches of the colonial era architecture provide strength with less material, allowing more light and taller buildings, they are much more susceptible to failure when the ground moves.

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