The ancient fortress of Kuelap, Peru

Majestic culture Chachapojja (which literally meant the cloud people) that existed in Northern Peru before the Incas studied by only 5-10 percent. Many traces they left in the mountains and the Amazon jungle. These traces of the drop by drop shed light on the amazing life of another continent. The largest track is the ancient city of Kuelap.

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For many years because of its inaccessibility Kuelap remained in oblivion. For a long time he was considered a military fort, and only in recent years, research was drawn by his true destiny.

City of Kuelap was primarily religious, commercial and cultural center. That this place was esteemed and other neighbouring cultures, say numerous finds of pottery, supplies and signs of nobility (the sink of the coast and the Amazon jungle bird feathers) variety of doinskih crops, but most importantly the tombstone according to the customs of chachapoja "foreigners". An attack is respected, appreciated their religion and from different provinces and cultures brought particularly venerated deceased to those were buried with honors of the cloud people.

The town is located at an altitude of 3000 m, among forests and cloud clouds themselves. Ordinary people did not live in it, but at any moment could hide from danger. The design was meant to serve as a reliable protection. Kuelap is the three terraces, the lower-base-oriented from North to South and is like a huge ship. The walls of the lower tier sometimes exceed 20 metres, and only two entrances lead inside, narrow enough so that the passage was carried out one by one. Kuelap was so brilliant and drainage water collection system that only now through 2 thousand years, when it was blocked and partially lost, the city began to incorporate rainwater and disintegrate.

In times of prosperity, cloud-based Citadel, a resident of her could only know the spiritual and cultural. Residential part of strengthening placed about four hundred small houses with conical roofs and zigzag friezes on the walls. Each repeats the same device-a place for fire and koridorchiki-shelter for Guinea pigs (kuev), which served as the main holiday meal. At the top level of the cities were ceremonial buildings and complexes.

Today we cannot learn much-what structures prevailed in the city, looked like his daily life and what it was. In fact, so far unknown reason on which the town was abandoned in the sixteenth century. On the tragic scene of the last day, when the city were killed by men from boys to old men, and then, the city was burned, archaeologists scratching their heads today. But walking through the terraces with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, among the small houses, distance between which sometimes does not exceed half a meter, it is impossible not to be surprised by the magnitude and some comfort enjoyed by city. And the road to it becomes a real adventure. Although, this adventure you will soon pass-gondola construction project almost completed the road, the difference of height of 900 meters.

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