Introduced in C4w
Unique Building for Incan Empire (Replaces Granary)
Cost[1]60 Hammer
Culture+2 Culture
Special Abilities
  • Stores 50% of Bread after Growth
  • +1 Health from Corn, Rice, Wheat
  • Double production speed for Expansive leaders[2]
  • Available for free on Renaissance and later starts (only in C4w)
  • Available for free on Medieval and later starts (only in C4bts)



"Much of the Incan empire was located on the steep slopes of the Andes Mountains. Such terrain posed a significant challenge to agriculture, as constant soil erosion made the ground less fertile, and heavy rains were quite likely to wash away the current crops (as well as the soil they stood on). Very early on, the Incan farmers mastered the art of constructing terraces upon which to grow their crops. These terraces created much flatter ground upon which to farm, which resulted in less soil erosion and greatly increased production.

Creation of farming terraces in such steep terrain required a good deal of engineering skill (to build the necessary retaining walls), as well as an abundance of cheap manual labor and a sophisticated knowledge of irrigation. They were well worth the effort, however, and with them the Incans were able to sustain thriving cities in locations that other civilizations would have found totally inhospitable."


"Terraces, the Incan replacements for Granaries, provide a small amount of culture and store food to help increase a city's growth rate. They add additional health if your civ has access to Corn, Wheat, and Rice."

Difference from Granary

It gives +2 Culture in each turn.


In the city screen press the following icon to start Terrace construction:

Game versionButton
C4w and C4btsIcoTerrace

See also


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 40 Hammer, Epic: 90 Hammer, Marathon: 180 Hammer.
  2. This special ability affects in C4w and C4bts, but appears only in C4bts.