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Machu Picchu - The Lost City

Machu Picchu

For a long time, Machu Picchu, also known as The Lost City of the Incas, was considered a mere Peruvian legend. Discovered in 1911 by an American archaeologist, the site of Machu Picchu, which is frequently interpreted as old mountain, is neatly hidden at nearly 2,300 meters above the ground by dense vegetation. Lost in the peak and fog of the mountains of the Andes Cordillera, the city of Machu Picchu attracts many curious tourists every year and is the main attraction of Peru. To get there, it is necessary to take a hike on a trail by the cliff side, the Inca Trail, which leaves from Cuzco and leads to Machu Picchu through the mountains.

A sanctuary for the privileged

Citadel Machu Picchu

Built according to the reinforced citadel model and often compared to a sort of pre-Columbian Pompeii, the city of Machu Picchu seems to have been the home of Peruvian high society. Its vocation would have been primarily religious; a sanctuary in the clouds. Composed of numerous terraces and fountains supplied in water by an ingenious aqueduct system, Machu Picchu also had a second function, that of place of worship where rituals were performed.

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Others say that Machu Picchu served as a refuge for travelers and pilgrims; the picturesque panorama is breathtaking and immediately has a soothing and relaxing effect. Straight out of another world, a regenerative energy emerges from the calm and misty sky of Machu Picchu conducive to the healing of ills. Many legends also say that the fabulous treasure of the Incas would be hidden somewhere near Machu Picchu in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.

The mysteries of the construction of Machu Picchu

Panoramic Machu Picchu

At such height in the mountains, it is hardly conceivable to build an acropolis of this kind without resorting to the most daring means imaginable. When we know that Incas did not even have knowledge of the wheel and even less writing, such edification is a true marvel. Some of the blocks used for the construction of Machu Picchu weigh nearly 200 tons and had to be transported over very long distances through the Amazon rainforest and winding paths with steep slopes. In addition, the plateau of the Machu Picchu site was originally only made of rocks and it took Incas no less than 25 000 tons of ground to erect the foundations of the mythical city. Carrying such amounts of soil taken much further downhill had to be a colossal job.

Machu Picchu

Several researchers believe that Machu Picchu was built around the year 1400 AD but some scholars argue that the site of the city is much older and dates back to ancient times. The city of Machu Picchu would've been founded over ancient ruins belonging to an unknown and long gone civilization. Scientist studies have estimated the site to be around 5000 years old. The architecture of Machu Picchu is so unique and enigmatic that the city is now considered as heritage of humanity.

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Mysterious attractions of Machu Picchu

Intihuatana

Intihuatana, nicknamed the navel of the world and also known as The Hitching Post of the Sun, is a stone table (an altar) used during rites and sacrifices made in tribute to the sun god, Inti. Intihuatana is the emblem of Machu Picchu and would have an association with the calendar and astronomical clock of Incas.

Temple of the Three Windows

Another attraction of Machu Picchu, the Temple of the Three Windows, was possibly used as an astronomical tool to identify solstices and equinoxes.

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The origin of depopulation

Temple of the Sun

Nowadays, the causes of the Machu Picchu depopulation remain completely mysterious. Theories to explain the abandonment of The Lost City of the Incas are as numerous as they are fanciful: intestine wars, pest outbreaks, extraterrestrial invasion ... The most crazy assumptions make reference to the use of alien technologies when building antique wonders of the world like the Machu Picchu, the pyramids of Giza, the monoliths of Stonehenge and more. Beings from distant galaxies would have brought with them knowledge and instruments so advanced that they would've allowed the feats of the greatest civilizations before disappearing with them.

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