The Lost City
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Machu Picchu - The Lost City

Machu Picchu

Until its discovery in 1911 by a young American archaeologist by the name of Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu was a legend stemming from Peruvian peasants; at least that's what the Spanish conquistadores told. For almost four centuries, its existence was considered purely mythical and it was called the "lost city of the Incas". Bingham first thought he had discovered the lost city of Vilcabamba, located much further south in the Andean Cordillera and long sought without success by the Spaniards.

Between heaven and earth

Located 2700 meters above sea level in a mountainous and steep region, Machu Picchu seems to have been built as a home for the gods. The surrounding landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and seems straight out of this world. To get to Machu Picchu, you have to take a hike with height differences sometimes reaching 400 meters. The trail can be very dangerous to scour and even the mules are struggling. The site of the city of Machu Picchu is difficult to access and those who built it at such an high altitude probably had a very good reason to do so.

Some claim that Machu Picchu would house the fabulous treasure of the Incas. The city looks like a refuge for travelers and can accommodate around 750 people. Perhaps Machu Picchu was built for the nobility or as a place of worship for priests. The blocks of stone used for construction are gigantic and some weigh nearly 200 tons. A particular block forms by itself half of the facade of a palace and there are no less than thirty-two rendered corners.

A Herculean effort

Blocks of comparable size have also been used in Egypt for the construction of the Sphinx Temple. Why go to great lengths to move such rocks to such a high altitude and how to proceed? Stones are not the only materials needed to build such a marvel. The Machu Picchu site is a mountain plateau that originally consisted only of rocks; but the city is built on a layer of earth. It took 25,000 tons of soil, taken much lower downhill, to build the foundations of Machu Picchu.

Riddle of the foundation

According to several researchers and connoisseurs, the city of Machu Picchu was built around the year 1400 and would have been abandoned for reasons that are still unknown today. Others say that the Incas built Machu Picchu over the ruins of a much older city. Some experts believe that at least part of the site dates back to several millennia BC. Studies of the plan of the city compared to the cardinal points reveal that this complex was started from 3 172 BC. It is totally unknown which prehistoric people could have forestall the Incas but what is sure is that the beauty of the site is breathtaking which has earned Machu Picchu to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Hitching Post of the Sun

Among the enigmatic attractions of Machu Picchu is what is called the Hitching Post of the Sun, a rock carved with complex geometric patterns. Its usefulness remains mysterious.