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The Machu Picchu ruins in Peru
Where else in the world can you see the greenest grass on the planet than in the mountainous regions of Peru amidst an angelic layer of clouds that give the feeling that Machu Picchu is a figment of the imagination and creation of the Gods.
The Inca city of Machu Picchu is not as old as many folk assume it is. It is estimated to have been built by the Inca civilisation in the 1450's and was only used for a period of roughly 120 years by inhabitants. In about 1572 the Incas who knew of its location remained silent as they were threatened by the Spanish conquistadors who had arrived in Peru.
It was never found by the Spanish and remained a hidden secret of the Inca people until it was unearthed in historical manuscripts by a Yale Professor of History and ancient architecture named Hiram Bingham. Professor Bingham was lead up the mountain by an 11 year old boy after visiting the are on numerous times in his quest to find another lost city in the area. To his pleasant surprise the site had not been looted and remained reasonably intact due to the local Incas keeping it hidden from visitors. The site was overgrown to a certain degree with vegetation and did not take long to clear .
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Professor Bingham decided to make the site a topic of many of his manuscripts in an attempt to understand the intention or hidden meaning of the structures. There are many theories of the purpose of the structures, being anything form a prison to worship sanctuary to the most popular being a temple built in honour of the then Emperor,Pachacuti.
Professor Bingham spent roughly 4 years from 1911 to 1915 studying the area for artefacts and the meanings of the Inca structure. National Geographic decided to devote an entire publication in 1913 to the discovery of the ruins.
It took nearly 60 years before the Peruvian government decided to list the site as an historical sanctuary and not until 1983 was the Machu Picchu site in Peru allocated status as a World Heritage site. It was awarded its status as a well received New Wonder of the World in 2007. It remains on the endangered list due to the extreme numbers of visitors it receives and the effects on the immediate eco-systems posing threat to its survival.
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The main temple in the ruins of Machu Picchu is said to contain 365 steps in total on all four sides possibly indicating a link to the yearly calendar. There is much speculation that the Inca peoples were a star oriented civilisation and spent much time designing the site to reflect positively on the solar and star systems to which they were much in tune.
The Inca culture draws much mythology and history from their association to the movement of the stars and the lunar and solar cycles of the sun and moon. The sheer magnificence of thestructures is evident in the numbers of small stones used to design the structures and the linear placement of the figurines and statues in relation to the structures on the site.
It seems ludicrous that there can be no reasoning for their efforts, but it may remain a mystery for as long as the history remains hidden. There are many claims of previous navigators to the city of ruins prior to Hiram Bingham, but none so indepth in their studies and documentation of their experiences.
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It amazes me the amount of history and great architectural marvel still available for us fortunate enough to be living in these times that we take for granted in exchange for the baech holiday vacation or trip to Disneyworld or Las Vegas.
I am proud to be one of those who remain fascinated and in awe of the ancients capabilites to build some of the most inspiring locations to artists, historians and hobbyists alike.Do yourself a favour and holiday to at least one of the 7 Wonders of the World in your lifetime.
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