Machu Picchu, Peru
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A mountaintop cultural wonder. International Day for Monuments and Sites
Located high in the Andes Mountains, Peru’s Machu Picchu is believed to have been an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. This 'Lost City of the Incas' is a cultural symbol that represents the memory of an entire community. Cultural and historical wonders like Machu Pichu, the Pueblo Indian dwellings of Mesa Verde, the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Parthenon are among some of the most celebrated monuments of the world, each giving us an opportunity to look back at the cultures that came before us and preserve their memory for future generations.