Inca architecture includes some of the most finely worked stone structures from any ancient civilization inca buildings were almost always practical and pleasing to the eye they are also remarkably uniform in design with even grand imperial structures taking on a similar look to more humble . The art of the inca civilization of peru c 1425 1532 ce produced some of the finest works ever crafted in the ancient americas inca art is best seen in highly polished metalwork ceramics and above all textiles with the last being considered the most prestigious by the incas themselves designs often use geometrical shapes are standardized and technically accomplished. Inca architecture much of what the early inca knew about architecture they acquired from the tiahuanaco culture these people thrived on the southern shores of lake titicaca in what is today known as the country of bolivia the tiahuanaco were master architects masons and stone cutters. Inca art was practical the incas were an artistic people who used materials available to them in nature and blended them creating many artistic forms in utilitarian ways much of their artistic expression was used in everyday life and had a religious meaning because they did not know science they had to attach powers to natural phenomena
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