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A vintage postcard from Peru, showing a view of the Intihuatana stone which is one of the primary structures found at the Inca citadel site of Machu Picchu. On the back of the postcard, a description of the postcard's subject is written in both English and Spanish. The English description of the postcard says The Intihuatana Sun Observatory and the Spanish text says El Intihuatana Observatorio del Sol.

The Intihuatana stone is thought to have been created as an astronomical clock for observations, especially of the sun. At midday on the days of the Autumnal Equinox and Vernal Equinox, the sun appears to stand almost directly above the pillar of the stone. The English translation of the Intihuatana stone is often expressed as being the hitching post of the Sun.

The Intihuatana Sun Observatory Postcard

This vintage Peruvian postcard with a view of the Intihuatana Sun Observatory is from our collection of postcards, and it is available for sale. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this postcard from Peru.