Gateway of the Sun
The stone doorway at the site of Tiwanaku, known as the Gateway of the Sun, was carved from a single monolith and depicts one of the principal icons of Tiwanaku (A.D. 400-1100) religion, a front-facing figure holding two staffs at arm’s length. This figure appears to be a descendent of the old staff god of Chavín times, almost 2,000 years earlier. Flanking the figure are 48 intricately carved winged creatures, which some scholars suggest is a representation of an ancient calendar.
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