Wonders of the Modern World – Macchu Picchu


About Wonders of the modern world – Macchu Picchu

For the third consecutive year, Correos issues a Premium Sheet on the Wonders of the Modern World. In previous years, the protagonists of these sheets were Chichén Itzá, the Great Wall, the Christ Redeemer and Taj Mahal.

This year, Correos travels to the other side of the Atlantic, specifically to Peru, where is another of these wonders, Machu Picchu.

It was July 24, 1911, when the American explorer Hiram Bingham located the ruins of Machu Picchu. The remains of an Inca city, between the Andean masses in the south of the country, opened and showed the vestiges of an ancient civilization, which began to be built in the middle of the XV century approximately, in times of Pachacuti, the first ruler of Tauhantinsuyu. It is believed that for a hundred years it was the resting place of the emperor and also, political, religious or administrative center.

Traces have been found that could be both a place for the initiation of Inca rituals, a sacred place.

The ancient Inca city remains the object of research and discovery. One of them was the one made in 2010 by David Crespy. On a visit to the ruins, he discovered what looked like a doorway to a wall. After much research on this finding, located about 20 meters from the main entrance of Machu Picchu, it was deduced that it could be the tomb of Pachacuti himself, the founder of the city. After years of bureaucratic struggles, in 2012 permission was obtained for the exploitation and, with the help of geo radars, the subsoil could be detected, full of cavities that could be tombs and a large rectangular chamber. All the clues suggest that the remains of Pachacuti rest there, and with it, probably numerous treasures, but to date the excavations have not been able to reach the interior. Meanwhile, thousands of tourists visit every day this magical place full of beauty and mystery.

The stamp shows the flag of Peru next to a beautiful image of the ruins of Machu Picchu.

  • 15.09.2017
  • Offset
  • 74.6 x 28.8 mm
  • 1.35 €