Historians and archaeologists alike have been able to uncover some amazing facts about humanity’s past over the years. With enough time, research, and dedication, it can seem that just about any ancient symbol or structure can be understood.

Still, we have a lot to learn about ancient cultures around the world. This is especially true of the native peoples of the Americas who were largely wiped out by European explorers and settlers.

Take, for example, the Gate of the Sun, located in modern-day Bolivia near Lake Titicaca. It was first discovered by European explorers in the 19th century, but historians still can’t figure out what it means…

Tihuanaco is an ancient city that’s situated 13,000 feet above sea level by Lake Titicaca near La Paz, Bolivia. It was once occupied by the Tiwanaku people, who were active between 300 and 1000 A.C.E. and who extended into modern-day Chile and Peru. It is in Tihuanaco that you can find the Gate of the Sun.


That’s the name of the massive, ancient stone arch that has been around for about 1,500 years. Ever since it was discovered by European explorers in the mid-19th century, though, its mystery has eluded experts.


 Andean legend has it that Lake Titicaca was the home of the planet’s first humans. Furthermore, the Tiwanaku culture claimed that Tiahuanico was chosen by their creator, Lord Virachocha, as the center of creation. Some historians believe that he was the central figure of the structure.


Other historians have connected the mysterious figure to the “Sun God” as his face appears to be surrounded by 24 straight rays of light. He’s also been referred to as the “Weeping God” due to the shapes that appear to be tears carved onto his face.


He’s also flanked by 48 winged figures known as “chasquis” or “God Messengers.” Some of these effigies feature the heads of condors while others have human-like heads. Some people have described the objects on their heads as “helmets,” but other historians refute that interpretation.


It’s also quite intriguing that the Gate of the Sun is made out of a single block of a specific type of rock called andesite. The structure itself is roughly 9.8 feet tall, 13 feet wide, and it weighs nearly 20,000 pounds, too. Whatever it was used for, one thing is certain: this structure must have been very important to the ancient Tiwanaku people.


Other researchers have posited that the sculpture was symbolic of a calendar year. That might seem odd compared to our current time-keeping standards, though, because this particular culture’s calendar had just 24 days for all 12 months—amounting to a total of 290 days per year.


Some of the more eccentric theories suggest that the Gate of the Sun was actually an interdimensional portal. Believers claim that, despite the fact that it has never moved from where the first European explorers originally found it, this was not its original location.


Of course, there was no proof to back up this wild theory. After all, proving anything of the sort would be essentially impossible. Then again, nobody can definitively disprove the theory, either, so who knows what the truth really is?


Whether or not the Gate of the Sun can truly allow people to cross over to another dimension, the mystery it represents is absolutely fascinating—and it will likely continue to fascinate historians for many years to come!


It’s amazing that after so many years this single structure is still eluding researchers. Hopefully, some day, they’ll be able to shed some light (pun definitely intended) on the truth!

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