Picture of the Day: Morning Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu or Machu Pikchu is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru.

It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.

In this capture by Simon Tong, we can see the morning rays from the sun peeking through the clouds and shining upon Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu. Recognized in 1983 as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Incas built the estate around 1450, abandoning it a century later during the Spanish Conquest. It was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. [source]

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Photograph by Simon Tong

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