Machu Picchu is a mysterious 15th-century Inca site in Peru.
These amazing pictures show the evolution of the archeological site from its discovery to now! Now compare!
Machu Picchu was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham.
Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472).
Others believed it was the last Incan city, and also the legendary “lost city” of Vilcabamba la Vieja, which the last of the independent Inca rulers waged a lengthy battle against Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century False: it is actually Espíritu Pampa.
Other theories support that the Machu Picchu was devoted for the Virgins of the Sun, was a royal retreat or built to honor a sacred landscape.
I just find these jumps in the past fascinating!