Counting Down to Machu Picchu’s 100th Anniversary

by admin on June 14, 2011

The L.A. Times is compiling a very interesting list of facts about Machu Picchu leading up to the 100th anniversary of its rediscovery on July 24th, 1911. Arguably the most well-known landmark in Peru, Machu Picchu is a breathtaking reminder of the Inca Empire. Sometimes called “The Hidden City,” “The Lost City,” and the “City of the Clouds,” Machu Picchu was left untouched until 1911 when Yale Professor Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it during his travels. It was built sometime during the 15th century, and abandoned sometime in the 16th century. No one knows for sure why. Many artifacts taken from the site in 1911 were ┬áin Yale’s possession from that point on, and were only returned to Peru this year. Many people feel that the artifacts are now where they belong, and they will be displayed in a museum in Peru. We’ll be following the updates from the L.A. Times as their list of Machu Picchu facts grows. It is a fascinating place, and truly one of the great wonders of the world.