An event has shaken the tranquility of the historic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Elvis Latorre, the mayor of the district, has denounced the loss of two emblematic symbols of the region: a gold plate and a scroll that mark the recognition of Machu Picchu as one of the seven wonders of the world in 2007.
The gold plate and parchment have disappeared. We are in the process of making an official complaint to identify those responsible,” Latorre revealed in an interview with RPP radio.
The administration of the municipality only has a silver plaque. According to Latorre, when he took office in January, the insignia objects were not delivered.
We will file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, since they are State assets and are an integral part of the history of Machu Picchu,” Latorre announced, describing the incident as a global scandal.
Despite his effort to investigate the whereabouts of objectsLatorre revealed that none of the former mayors of the district could provide information about their location.
The goods in question were handed over to local authorities when Machu Picchu was proclaimed one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” at an event organized by the New Open World Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, on July 7, 2007.
Machu Picchu, a archaeological complex Located 130 kilometers from Cusco and at an altitude of 2,438 meters, it was built in the 15th century by order of the Inca Pachacútec. It is a masterpiece of architecture and engineering and is considered “the lost city of the Incas”. It was declared a Historical and Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1981.
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