Been unaware of until 1843, she was initially studied by French archeologists, Misters Bordelier and Langlois, in the years 1930. Located at 3000 m of altitude, this fortress consists of gigantic piled up platforms the ones on the others. The first makes 20 m of height and 600 m length and is directed in a Southern/Northern axis. Two other platforms andenes follow the first. These rises support almost 400 constructions of form mainly cylindrical.
Some of these constructions are decorated with planks of eyes or linked birds, which make the turn of the édifice.
To enter there, it is necessary to pass by a way which is reduced until letting pass only one person, and who is flanked of two 20 height meters walls.
The three more important buildings are:
- El Tintero : located at the extreme south of the large platform, it is a challenge with the law of gravity: its form is indeed that of a reversed cone.
Atalaya : is in the extreme north of Kuélap.
El Castillo : is on the higher plate, i.e. the most important sector of the site, by the number of vestiges.
Small anedocte: the scientists calculated that one needed more stone to build this fortress than the Grande pyramid of Gizeh.
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