Machu Picchu: The City in the Clouds

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The discoverers of Machu Picchu were not even looking for Machu Picchu. They were hunting down Vilcabamba, the last homeland of the Inca. They, ironically, were discouraged to discover that Vilcabamba was not the city they had found. No, they had found something much greater. This ‘wonder of the world’ was a great achievement for the Inca. After centuries, Machu Picchu was forgotten and hidden away in the clouds. Today, Machu Picchu is a recognizable landmark for the Andes. Also, this city is a symbol of beauty. Machu Picchu is a majestic imperial estate seen by the beautiful architecture, the interesting purposes, and the fascinating discovery. One of the Machu Picchu’s greatest features is the stunning architecture. Machu Picchu’s structures were very important to it with its purposes. One of Machu Picchu’s structures was The Sun Temple, where the advanced stonemasons of the Inca displayed their skills and also served as an observatory. Unlike The Sun Temple, some temples of Machu Picchu were often used as religious sites. One structure, that was not a temple, was used for religious purposes. This structure is called the inihuana and it was a column of stone used by priests to make the sun keep staying after winter solstice. They were afraid it would go after winter solstice. The construction of Machu Picchu was unblemished with its flawless stonework. Machu Picchu’s stonework was so defect less that you can’t even slide a blade through the cracks between the stonewalls.

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