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Machu Picchu

I believe that most of you heard about Machu Picchu, but do you know anything about it?
Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 meters above sea level. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometers (7,000 feet) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Often referred to as the “City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

Separated into three areas - agricultural, urban, and religious - the structures are arranged so that the function of the buildings matches the form of their surroundings. The Guardhouse is a three-sided building, with one of its long sides opening onto the Terrace of the Ceremonial Rock. The three-sided style of Inca architecture is known as the wayrona style. The Intihuatana stone is one of many ritual stones in South America. These stones are arranged to point directly at the sun during the winter solstice.

Have a virtual tour of Machu Picchu on this link. It is amazing how our ancestors knew how to enjoy and make the most of the beauty of this world. Also you can learn that everything is possible knowing that even though these people did not have any tools for building homes, they made a culture, you just need to find a way.
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