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Cuzco, Peru (486,270 bytes) ( 1,271 x 1,121 )
Cuzco is a city of over 1,000,000 situated in the Peruvian Andes at an altitude of 3500 m, near the Urubamba Valley. Founded in the 11th century, Cuzco was a divine place, the center of the Inca Empire, and the center of the world. Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban center with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city. In 1983, Cuzco was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ASTER perspective view was acquired on July 18, 2006, and is centered near 13.5 degrees south latitude, 72 degrees west longitude.
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