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The Inca called their empire Tahauntinsuyo, which means the Land of the Four Quarters: Chinchaysuyo to the north, Condesuyo to the west, Collasuyo to the south, and Antisuyo to the east. Cusco, the empire's political and religious center, was laid out in the shape of a puma (referenced in the street marker above): Sacsaywaman, the enormous temple-storehouse-citadel above the city, was the "head" and the city proper, its body. The city's main square (the Plaza d'Armas) is the underbelly between the puma's front and back paws.

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