Machu Picchu, Peru - Jeff-Kennel
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Visitors at Intiwatana, or "hitching post of the sun," aren't allowed to touch the sacred stone but are instead invited to feel the rock's energy by hovering their hands over it.
Oriented to the four cardinal points, the shadow cast by the Intiwatana was used to predict the solstices, very important dates for the Inca. This is the only one of its kind not destroyed by the Spanish conquerors, who made a point of destroying all things dealing with Incan religion. However, it was damaged in 2000 when a 1,000 pound mechanical arm used during a Peruvian beer commercial toppled into it breaking off a small chunk (it has since been repaired but a visible crack where it was fixed remains).