“Machu Picchu: 100 years of world-disclosure (1911-2011)” is the title of the photo exhibition you can see from July 12 until September 4, 2011 at the Museo del Templo Mayor in the heart of Mexico City.
Created at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Peru’s Embassy in Mexico and the INAH, the exhibition fits within the framework of the centenary celebrations of the “official”, and very controversial, revelation of the existence of the Historical Sanctuary Machu Picchu by its “scientific”, discoverer and explorer American politician, Hiram Bingham.
The material displayed gathers historical documents and shots of archaeological excavations carried out by Bingham.
Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
In southern Quechua Machu Picchu is pronounced Machu Pikchu and means “Old Mountain”.
Declared a world cultural and natural heritage site in 1983 by UNESCO, this ancient Inca city is located 500 km from Lima, the Peruvian capital and 130 kilometers northwest of Cuzco.
Located at 2430 meters high in a landscape of great beauty, in the midst of a tropical mountain forest on the eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes, it was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and is considered the last bastion of the ancient Inca culture.