Puerta Del Sol, Tiwanaku Bolivia ~800 A.D

Puerta del Sol or Gate of the Sun ~ a megalithic solid stone arch or gateway constructed by the ancient Tiwanaku culture of Bolivia

There are actually many ways to spell the name of this beautiful historical site
~Tiwanaku also known in Spanish as Tiahuanaco or Tiahuanacu

This archaelogical site is Pre Colombian and located in western Bolivia near Lake Titicaca and is about 12,549.2 ft (3,825.0 m) above sea level

Known as one of the largest sites of Archaeology in South America along side Machu Picchu and other sacred grounds located along the Andes Mountain Range

A backpacker can easily get lost in wonders and in the history here along the Andes Mountains. The indigenous had built several sites along the ridge at very specific points… Check below for the link!

While desolate and unoccupied currently…
This site’s population peaked around AD 800 with 10,000 to 20,000 people

Puerta del Sol is approximately 9.8 ft / 3 meters tall and 13 ft / 4 meters wide

This large gateway weighs in at 10 tons and was actually constructed from a single piece of stone!!

Although when rediscovered later in the 19th century. The European explorers who founded it, actually found the megalith lying knocked over on the ground with a large crack through it.

It is presently standing in the location where found, even though many archaeologists have stated they believe that its not the original site

When zooming in we can see many engravings all throughout the stone

Although there have been so many various interpretations of the symbols and inscriptions found on the object, the carvings that decorate the gate are believed to possess astronomical and/or astrological significance

These symbols can be found all throughout Peru and Bolivia and have been believed to  have served a calendrical purpose

Facts about the carvings on Puerta del Sol

  • Carved with 48 squares surrounding a central figure
  • There are 32 effigies with human faces and 16 with condors’ heads
  • Each square represents a character in the form of winged effigy
  • All look to the central motif: the figure of a man with his head surrounded by 24 linear rays, which may represent rays of the sun
  • The styled staffs held by the figure apparently symbolize thunder and lightning
  • Some historians and archaeologists believe that the central figure represents the “Sun God” and others have linked it with the Inca god Viracocha.

This is only one part of the entire grounds here so be sure to plan to spend atleast half a day at this location

I included a map of the back of the ticket you will receive when arriving, which shows some of the other points of interest

Cost to Enter ~ 80 Bolivianos

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Early Medieval Chapel Located in Aachen, Germany ~ Construction began 792 AD

God, no pun intended 😂😂 am I LOVING SORTING MY PHOTOS!!! SOOOOO MANY AMAZING PLACES Ive been!!!!

Palatine Chapel in Aachen, Germany

This amazing place is an Early Medieval Chapel and remaining component a King named Charlemange, formerly known as his Palace of Aachen in what is now Germany

Also known as, Charles the Great, Charles I, he served as king of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and Emperor of the Romans from 800… busy guy right?!?

He is often called the “father of Europe,” and in France and Germany and is celebrated as an iconic figure due to the work he did merging and communicating between Western Europe

Beautiful isn’t it?? I’d have to say its kinda cool right?!?

Although the palace itself no longer exists, the chapel was preserved and now forms the central part of Aachen Cathedral

If you’re into medieval History and Architecture, this place is a must visit!!! Looking around here you will find yourself transported back in time and history

Be sure to bring a camera and capture the moments

Located Centrally in the Middle of Aachen

It is known as Aachen’s major landmark and a central monument of the Carolingian Renaissance

What a perfect place to stop and grab some beautiful photos on your trip into the city!!

This area in particular is surrounded by many local diners and stores which also makes it a perfect place to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the city, grab a coffee, have lunch with family, or shop one of the many unique boutiques

We stopped here in the middle of the day, the chapel was quiet with a few other people stopping in the adore the beauty of the place

History Behind this Landmark?

The construction of the Palatine Chapel around 792, along with the building of the rest of the palace structures

In 805AD, it was consecrated by Pope Leo III in honor of the Virgin Mary

Until 1531, it served as the coronation throne of the Kings of Germany, being used at a total of thirty-one coronations

The four columns of the stone podium could represent the world ruled by the temporal sovereign with its four elements (fire, water, air, and earth), its four seasons, and its four cardinal directions

But most importantly it represents the 4 Rivers which join together around Aachen making it a very unique place to visit which can be found depicted on one of the ceilings in the chapel

Entrance is Free, if wanting to take photos they may ask you to pay 2 Euros

While visiting Aachen, be sure to check out the mineral springs. If you hadn’t yet already smelled the sulfur lingering through the city

This area of Germany sits in a very unique place and is actually what brought Aachen its name

It is rumored that these mineral waters surrounding the area were believed to have healed the King from various ailments he had been suffering from when he arrived to the area

This is thought to be the reason he chose this location to build his palace

Want to get in the mineral springs and test the water yourself?!

Look for bathing house Carolus Thermen Bad Aachen built along the path of the Mineral Springs
They have both indoor and outdoor bathing areas available