Alan Mays

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Posted on 03/09/2016

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Wall of Stone Heads, Tiwanaku Semi-Subterranean Temple Replica, La Paz, Bolivia

Wall of Stone Heads, Tiwanaku Semi-Subterranean Temple Replica, La Paz, Bolivia
A photo of fences, walls, or other boundary markers for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

This slide, taken in La Paz, Bolivia, during the 1950s or 1960s by an unknown photographer, shows some of the stone heads on one of the walls surrounding a replica of the Semi-Subterranean Temple, which is located at the Pre-Columbian Tiwanaku archeological site near Lake Titicaca in western Bolivia.

The walls of the original temple at Tiwanaku are decorated with 175 carved stone heads, which apparently reflect "an earlier practice of exposing the severed heads of defeated enemies in the temple" (see UNESCO's description of Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture).

The replica of the Semi-Subterranean Temple was constructed in La Paz to hold the Bennett Monolith (see Monolito Bennett for a Spanish-language Wikipedia article), which was removed from Tiwanaku in 1933. See below for a second slide from the 1950s or 1960s that captures a view of the temple that includes the back of the Bennett Monolith.

For other images of the Semi-Subterranean Temple replica in La Paz, check out the Wikimedia Commons photos of Monolitos Miraflores La Paz Bolivia, which presents a close-up of the layout of the temple replica, and Estadio Hernando Siles, Barrio Miraflores, which shows an overview of the temple with the nearby soccer stadium looming in the background.

Bennett Monolith, Tiwanaku Semi-Subterranean Temple Replica, La Paz, Bolivia

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William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding capture!

Your beautiful capture is greatly admired

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