Saturday, June 21, 2014

Machu Picchu - History, before and after

Machu Picchu, which in Spanish means old mountain or prominence with a broad base which ends in sharp peaks, is the 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. It has three primary building structures which are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.

A photo of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1911. - National Geographic

Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). It is often mistakenly referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas" and is one of the most familiar icons of Inca civilization. The Incas built Machu Picchu around the year 1450, but had to abandon it about a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest.

Since around 1911, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction in Peru. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. Machu Picchu continues to be restored to this day.

View of Machu Picchu in 1912 showing the original ruins after major clearing and before modern reconstruction work began. - Wikipedia

There are many theories out there around what Machu Picchu may have been built for, such as its purpose being a temple devoted to the Virgins of the Sun. 

One says that it was a royal retreat for Pachacuti and his royal court to go and relax. 

A photo I took of Machu Picchu while visiting the site in 2011

Archaeologist and anthropologist Johan Reinhard suggests it was built to honor the sacred landscape it sits upon and surrounds. Reinhard also pointed out that the rising and setting of the sun, which is an Incan God, when seen from certain locations within Machu Picchu, aligns neatly with religiously significant mountains during solstices and equinoxes.

It has also been said that that aliens once inhabited the Cusco region of Peru and are responsible for building Machu Picchu's grand architecture.

A modern day photo of Machu Picchu - Wikipedia

I visited the site back in 2011 and I was able to sense the energies of the location. It is one of the most powerful energetic sites I have visited in the World. It is a hard thing to put into words, in regards to what I mean. There is a certain grandness to it based upon not only the architecture, but the physical location and how it has far off views in multiple directions, no matter where you are looking.

It is very large and takes a long time to walk around and see the complete site. While there are ropes that guide tourists, you can access most areas as seen in the many photos out there of Machu Picchu. The height of it means that on some mornings the clouds cover the site, which makes it hard to see as you walk around.

A photo I took on a cloudy morning there

As of 2007, Machu Picchu became one of the New7 Wonders of the World



the_mesmerizer said...

I want to live there.

Laron said...

It would be nice minus the tourists!