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Machu-Pichu, Pre-Colombian Inca Stronghold in the Andes, about 80 Kmts northwest of Cuzco- Located in a high altitude on a ridge between two peaks, about 600 meters above the Urubamba River.

The Ruin city covers about 13 square kmts of terraces built around a central plaza and linked by numerous stairways, The majority of the buildings are one-room stone houses, arrenged around internal courts.

The city was discovered in 1911 by the american explorer Hiram Bingham. The city of Machu-Pichu is not mentioned in the writtings of the spanish conquerors of Perú and the time of his occupancy is uncertain.

Bingham believed that Machu-Puchi might have been the last refuge of incas from Cuzco fleeding the spanish invation.

The ruins of Machu-Pichu are the remains of an ancient city of the Inca Empire. The incas mastered the achitecture, road building, and astronomy and were noted for their code of laws and advance system of government.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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