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Sayhuite Archaeological site - rock sculpture.jpg
The Sayhuite monolith
Sayhuite is located in Peru
Shown within Peru
Location Curahuasi, Abancay Province, Apurímac Region, Peru
Region Andes
Coordinates 13°32′50″S 72°48′10″W / 13.54722°S 72.80278°W / -13.54722; -72.80278Coordinates: 13°32′50″S 72°48′10″W / 13.54722°S 72.80278°W / -13.54722; -72.80278
Type Sanctuary

Sayhuite (Saywite) is an archaeological site 47 kilometres (29 mi) east of the city Abancay in the province Abancay in the region Apurímac in Peru. The site is regarded as a centre of religious worship focusing on water.[1] An important feature on the site is the Sayhuite monolith, a rock with more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures. In the Monuments of the Inca by John Hemming, Hemming points to a colonial narrative that describes the interior of the Sayhuite temple. The temple featured larger columns draped in fabrics with gold bands the "thickness of one's hand." The temple was also under the care of the priestess Asarpay who jumped to her death in the nearby 400 metre gorge to avoid capture by Spanish forces.


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