This Giant Stone Structure Has Been Confusing Experts Ever Since Its Discovery
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.