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An Overview of the Mysterious Marvel - Machu Picchu

Author: Gray Collins
by Gray Collins
Posted: Sep 07, 2017

Machu Picchu is a historic Inca site made in the 15th-Century and is located in Peru between the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains. The marvel is tucked in the countryside of Cuzco, Peru. Machu Picchu is claimed as a sacred religious site and royal estate of the Inca leaders. This mysterious engineered marvel sits 2,430 meters or 7,970 feet above the sea level on the slope of the Andes and overlooks the beautifully Urubamba River flowing below.

The Machu Picchu history is fascinating yet complex, so before arriving in the Lost City of the Incas, learn about it. The spot is not just an impressive Inca civilization remnant; it's also among the world's archeological marvels. Every day many tourists go on hiking to explore the beauty of this lost city, but how many understand its significance? A beforehand background research can go a long way to enchant and discover the mysteries of this elegant Machu Picchu.

An incredible significance about the Machu Picchu is though it was built in the 1400s, it came under the observation of the outside world in the year 1911. Hiram Bingham, an American professor first discovered this place despite the fact that the population of the Incans very sincerely tried to keep the secret of the lost city that was placed nearly 8,000 feet above the sea level. As it got discovered, wealthy information was uncovered in account of the history of Machu Picchu. While the place was discovered, there were 135 skeletons were found and more than 100 skeletons were of women. The Archaeologists speculated that the place was a sanctuary or temple for the high priests and Virgins of the Sun. But, the recent studies say it was an estate built for the Incan emperor Pachacuti, who ruled the place from the period of 1438 to 1471 or 1472. And all these information and details have made the history of this place much debated!

There are many compelling historical aspects of Machu Picchu, such as it is believed to be the abode of the Incan emperor, temple of the Sun, principal temple & Intihuatana and the secret behind the abandonment after a small period of use. This beautiful and intricate architecture was built at a huge height, but was being used for just a period of 100 years while the Spanish conquest of Peru. It was abandoned in the sixteenth century and after its discovery in 1983, UNESCO added it in their World Heritage Site series and from that day travellers never stopped arriving. And now the iconic peaks of Machu Picchu stands dignified as one of "the 7 wonders of the World".

This dazzling archaeological site helped historians gain more knowledge about the Inca civilization. The archaeologists divide the whole structure into three sub-divisions: spirituality, agricultural and urban. On hiring a Machu Picchu trip guide, you will understand what you are looking at and the significance of different corners and spots. Some spots include Great Central Temple for its detailed stonework and the Temple of the Sun is worldwide famous for its intricate stonework. When on your Machu Picchu trip, stay prepared to exclaim yourself with the astounding views of the valley while climbing the steps.

Another interest fact that saved every important details of the Inca civilization was that the Spanish conquerors never found the mysteriously engineered marvel, Machu Picchu. While mostly all other Incan sites were plundered by the Spanish conquerors, this sacred site remained a secret. With the course of time, bug part of the site became overgrown. Though the locals knew about it, for the outside world it was a hidden treasure until 1911 when a young boy took Professor Bingham to the site.

If you are ready to explore this place, come prepared with a little bit of ideas on the Lost City of the Incas, to cherish every nook and corner of the architectural marvel, Machu Picchu.

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