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Why did the Inca build Machu Picchu?

National Geographic has compiled a list of the top five theories on why the Inca built Machu Picchu.

Nestled atop a mountain ridge in Peru, the 15th-century Inca city of Machu Picchu had sat largely forgotten for centuries—until archaeologist Hiram Bingham began excavations of the ruins a hundred years ago this week.

Now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Machu Picchu’s original purpose is still unknown—though many archaeologists think they are closer to finding an answer.

Here are some of the top theories about Machu Picchu proposed—and in some cases disproven—in the century since its “rediscovery.”

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Story: Ker Than, National Geographic | Photo: Michael and Jennifer Lewis, National Geographic

One thought on “Why did the Inca build Machu Picchu?

  1. If you guys are going to write something, at least get the information correctly. It’s called Machu PICCHU. Not Pucchu. Also spelled Machupijchu.

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