Gateway of the Sun, Tiwanaku

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by Dennis Jarvis
published on 14 March 2014

The Gateway of the Sun in Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco), Bolivia. Carved from a single massive block of andesite stone, the Gateway is 2.8 metres high and 3.8 metres wide. The opening in the gate is 1.4 metres wide. The top portion has relief carvings of 48 winged demons or angels wearing feathered headdresses set in three rows The central figure is known as the Staff Deity, a pan-Andean god and forerunner of Viracocha the Inca Creator god. The gate gave entrance to the Kalasasaya sacred precinct, c. 300 CE.

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