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Chucuito Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Better known as the Temple of Fertility or Temple of the Phallus, this structure doesn't quite meet the dictionary's description of a temple as a stately edifice. Rather, it's an outdoor area surrounded by a pre-Inca and Inca-made stone walls that block the view of a "garden" of anatomically correct phallic stone sculptures. Each meter- (3-foot) -tall penis statue points toward the sky at the Inca sun god, or toward the ground to the Pachamama, the mother earth. From ancient times—and still today—it has been visited by females who sit for hours on the little statues believing it will increase their fertility. Hours are sporadic, so you may need to ask around for the caretaker to get in.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Chucuito, Puno  Peru

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