Chankillo in Peru •

Thirteen striking stone towers. Two observation platforms. One temple with a mysterious purpose. And defensive walls to ward off unwanted guests… We’re talking about the archaeological site at Chankillo in Peru, which baffled experts for more than a hundred years. Their first thought was that the awe-inspiring complex was a place for cult rituals. When researchers finally uncovered the truth, though, they realized they couldn’t have been more wrong. Photo Credit:  IDARQ/UNESCO

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