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Focus on Machu Picchu, one of the new wonders of the world.

Ambassador Florian (left) and some guests are seen during the opening of the Machu Picchu Photo exhibition at the QPS in Katara yesterday By Noimot Olayiwola/Staff Reporter A photographic exhibition capturing the beauty and splendour of the pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca culture site Machu Picchu in Peru got under way in Doha yesterday.

The exhibition, "100 Years of Machu Picchu World Revelation (1911-2011)", has been organised by the Peruvian embassy at the Qatar Photographic Society's hallway in Katara. It is the embassy's first event being held since its opening in Qatar in March this year.

The exhibition is being mounted by all embassies and consulates of Peru in more than 60 countries.

The photos show different landscapes of about 911 sites within Machu Picchu, which were built in the classical Inca style and with polished dry-stone walls.

Its three primary buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.

Situated on a mountain ridge, Machu Picchu had remained unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. It has, since then, become an important tourist attraction in South America.

Often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is the most familiar icon of the Inca culture and it was declared a Peruvian historical sanctuary in 1981 and a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983.

In 2007, the site was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Speaking to mediapersons before the opening of the exhibition, Peruvian Ambassador to Qatar Julio Florian described the event as a "very important one for strengthening relations between Qatar and Peru." Florian explained that apart from pointing to Inca civilisation and serving as a holiday retreat for rulers in the past, Machu Picchu also had astronomical and scientific significance.

"This is the first cultural event we are organising since we opened the embassy here and we see it as a nice way of showing Peru and its culture to the Qataris as the site stands as a good example of showing what we (Peruvians) are capable of doing," he noted.

He was hopeful that the Qatari-Peruvian relationship would flourish in the future to warrant more co-operations in the political, economic as well as bilateral relations.

There are about 100 Peruvians currently resident in Qatar working as pilots and engineers as well as housewives, according to the ambassador.

The exhibition runs until July 30.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2011

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Date:Jun 27, 2011
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