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Incan City of the Dusk

Incan City of the Dusk
 
 

CUSCO is a mysterious city distinctly showing two different civilisations. The relatively modern Spanish architecture sits atop ancient Incan foundations that still stand in perfect condition despite severe demolition by the Spanish Inquisition. The ancient Incan capital was so well constructed that no destructive invasion was going to wipe its footprint clear from the contours of history.

Cathedral
Cathedral
The sun sets
The sun sets

Cusco is a mysterious city distinctly showing two different civilisations. The relatively modern Spanish architecture sits atop ancient Incan foundations that still stand in perfect condition despite severe demolition by the Spanish Inquisition. The ancient Incan capital was so well constructed that no destructive invasion was going to wipe its footprint clear from the contours of history.

Lamp post against the cold sky
Lamp post against the cold sky

Today had been a day off the tour having returned last night from the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Most of the others in my group had spent the day relaxing at the hotel, but I spent the day exploring the Incan capital city. It was not until the sun went down though that the city showed off its true magnificence.

The sky grew grey as sooty cloud covered the sky hovering perhaps a kilometre above my head. Although it looked like low cloud, it really was mid-level cloud as the city was 3500 metres above sea level. It looked like the sunset was going to be a fizzler, with the grey conditions going greyer until the sky will be completely black. By now the sunny day with its stark contrast between light and shadows had effused into the softness of dusk bringing out the softer tones of the city’s stonework.

The square, Cusco
The square, Cusco

The sky to the west appeared a bit clearer than the sky overhead. As the sun dropped lower the colours of the diffracting sun began to play on the clouds. The stone cathedrals that overlooked the square were starting to appear bold against the grey sky.
The city suddenly sprang to life, with people appearing from out of nowhere.

Some of the cloud started to clear, and a waxing gibbous moon suddenly appeared above one of the churches I was passing, standing eerily cold above a large virgin Mary statue standing under a small gable amidst several small churchtop finials. The dissipating cloud quickly passed over the moon, making it appear and disappear in quick succession before completely disappearing out of view.

Fountain
Fountain
Cathedral
Cathedral

The clouds to the west began an orange brown colour under the purple grey of the other clouds. The clear sky above the clouds shone a dark blue, though nearly black. Numerous pigeons fluttered around the large water fountain, perching against the waters edge to take their evening bath before the temperature drops too low. Many other pigeons gathered around a couple of well rugged up families with young children in separate parts of the square scattering small pieces of bread.

The square, Cuzco
The square, Cuzco

A large statue of the Virgin Mary brightly illuminated at the top of the top of one of the surrounding hills stood over the city.

Then the old street lamps came on in the park, adding to the illumination of the city shops and enhancing the bright flower beds in amongst the bright green grass otherwise so rare in this parched city.

The large grey cloud hung over the largest cathedral creating an eerie dark presence as the lights came on in the myriad of shops sitting under their arched balconies. The sky was amazing and the square very well lit for some amazing shots. I saw Derek at one stage, but otherwise everyone was elusive. I didn’t know where they were. It was now getting dark enough to have to use the tripod to get a clear image.

Moon over a cathedral
Moon over a cathedral

The clouds turned a purple blue colour under the darkening sky. The sun had slipped uneventfully below the horizon. Under the blue clouds the buildings glowed a soft dark purple colour deeply contrasting with the bright yellow street and shop lights. The cathedrals glowed a strong orange colour. The city was now full of very bold colour contrasts that strangely seemed to go well together.

Behind the incredible city vista were the hills now covered with constellations of street lights. The sky was a very deep blue and the clouds nearly black. In between the clouds stars came out to join the gibbous moon to softly illuminate the upper atmosphere. The air was now icy cold despite the warm light given off from the buildings surrounding the square.

Arches in the square
Arches in the square

Finally the sky completely lost its colour. The bright lights created yellow areas in amongst the otherwise ink blackness of the cold night. Exhausted, I returned to the hotel to sleep, ready for the big day of travelling with the tour group again tomorrow. Fortunately I had no trouble at all finding the hotel up the steep narrow streets with dull illumination of the circular globe lights high on the buildings in the otherwise dark alleys.

The city of buildings of Spanish architecture atop Incan construction still maintains its ancient mysteriousness. When the sun goes down, the buildings illuminate the city as a magnificent crown atop the Andes.

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19 October 2010

 

Cusco

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13°31'S
71°59'W

3480m ASL

 

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