The ‘ancient city of Machu Picchu’ is only 550 years old. The Tower of London predates it by almost 400 years.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430-metre (7,970 ft) mountain ridge. It is located in the Machupicchu District within Urubamba Province above the Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco. The Urubamba River flows past it, cutting through the Cordillera and creating a canyon with a tropical mountain climate.

For most speakers of English or Spanish, the first ‘c’ in Picchu is silent. In English, the name is pronounced /ˌmɑːtʃuː piːtʃuː/ or /ˌmɑːtʃuː piːktʃuː/, in Spanish as [ˈmatʃu ˈpitʃu] or [ˈmatʃu ˈpiktʃu], and in Quechua (Machu Pikchu) as [ˈmatʃʊ ˈpɪktʃʊ].

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5 thoughts on “The ‘ancient city of Machu Picchu’ is only 550 years old. The Tower of London predates it by almost 400 years.”

  1. RedAero

    What I find just as interesting is that it was built and abandoned in a century, then went undiscovered for another 300 years.

  2. srslydudewtf

    The Incan components, yes.

    But the megalithic structures that the Incans built upon are likely ~12,000 years old.

  3. Holiday-Inn-Cambodia

    Wait till you found out how old Oxford is relative to the Aztec empire and where Steve Buscemi was on 9/11/2001

  4. twiggez-vous

    Thank you for this. The over-use of ‘ancient’ in tourist literature and general websites makes my eye twitch.

    Similarly, The Great Wall of China is not ancient at all, despite often being described as such. As [History Extra]( confusingly puts it:

    > The Great Wall of China is an ancient series of walls and fortifications located in northern China, built around 500 years ago.

    To clarify: little remains of the very old Qin-era fortifications; the majority of the Great Wall dates from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

  5. scmchenry

    It’s seems ancient because the construction was done by a “prehistoric” Incan society (even though it was a few hundred years ago the indigenous Americans were pre-bronze age, pre-iron age, and did not even know about the wheel). The architecture is reminiscent of 10,000 year old architecture in the old world. But this and other structures that they built are awesome!

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