Inca and Aztec Architecture

Inca and Aztec Architecture pic

Inca and Aztec Architecture

Amita Vadlamudi earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Saint Peter’s College in New Jersey. After completing her studies, she went on to work in the information technology industry for more than 35 years. In her free time, Amita Vadlamudi enjoys reading about history, and she takes a special interest in the Inca and Aztec civilizations.

The Aztec lived in Central Mexico from 1325-1523 BCE, while the Inca lived in Peru from 1425-1535 BCE. The Inca people mainly resided in the Andes Mountains, and the Aztec lived in Mexico Valley.

Though geographically different, the two civilizations shared architectural similarities. The Inca were known to build practical, uniform structures that were nice to look at. It is believed that they used three kinds of stone— limestone, diorite porphyry, and black andesite—that they beat into shape with bronze or other stone tools. The Aztec used primitive-like tools too in building their cities, and used an easy-to-cut volcanic stone, called tezontle, at the base of their foundations. Like the Inca, they also built their structures from limestone and other rocks in the area.


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