Machu Picchu Facts and Pictures

by admin on July 30, 2013

Machu Picchu Facts

 

Country: Peru
Region: South America

What do the Taj Mahal in India, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Stonehenge in England share in common? All these landmarks have been declared global landmarks. Landmarks are structures with historical or architectural importance. Even natural phenomena as waterfalls, mountains have been recognized as landmarks as these are reminiscence of many historical events. Our planet is brimming with many such landmarks. These ancient incredible and awe-inspiring classic structures each represent their own belief, culture or national identity.

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Among such landmarks which have secured a revered place in the exclusive list of landmark is Machu Picchu in Peru. One of the interesting Machu Picchu facts is that, it has been estimated that around 1.2 million people had visited this city in 2012. But what draws tourists, archaeologists, historians to this place? What beauty does it hold that people make it a point to visit or add it to their “must-visit” list? This global landmark which lies in South-eastern Cusco region of Peru was one of the new “Seven Wonders of the World and has been declared as best and the top landmark in the world.

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Perched high in the Andes, in the Cusco Region of Peru lies the ancient Inca city; Machu Picchu. It was built around AD 1400 by the Incas and abandoned a century later because of the Spanish Conquest. Though the Spanish ravaged and burned much of the Inca architecture during their conquest, they surprisingly failed to discover this hidden city of Machu Picchu. This Inca city was literally cut off from the rest of the world. It wasn’t until 1911 that Machu Picchu was discovered by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since its discovery in 1911, Machu Picchu; the ancient city of the Incas, has been attracting tourists, visitors and most importantly archaeologists and students of archaeology as it is a Peruvian historical sanctuary, a UNESCO world heritage site and voted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World during a worldwide Internet poll.

Also known as the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu was the leisure home and palace for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. One of the important Machu Picchu facts is the structure is carved from grey granite, it housed excellently preserved palaces, baths, temples, rooms and houses. This Inca city which adds glam to a million holiday brochures also features “Intihuatana Stone”. Intihuatana which means Old Peak in the Quechua language is a sort of modern sundial and holds tremendous ceremonial. An observatory, “Intihuatana” which means “Hitching Post of the Sun” shows the exact dates of the two equinoxes. The Intihuatana stone also known as Saywa or Sukhanka stone catches the sun at its full at exactly noon. Every year on March 21st and September 21st, the sun stands just about directly above the post without any shadow. Nothing can match the exuberance of the tourists when they see the rare celestial occurrence. It is believed that when a sensitive person touches the Intihuatana stone with their forehead it opens their door to the spirit world.

If one plans to take a visit to the sacred places in the world, make sure that this incredible landmark tops their itinerary as it will literally take their breath away.

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