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El Candelabro

The mysterious three-pronged Candelabra etched into the coastal hills en route to the Islas Ballestas, located near Paracas, Peru. The Candelabra is over 150m high and 50m wide. No one is exactly sure who created the symbol or what is signifies, their are numerous theories as to its origin.

Local tradition holds that it represents the lightning rod or staff of the god Viracocha, who was worshipped throughout South America. A variety of popular myths have arisen: one attributes it to José de San Martín; another suggests it is a Masonic symbol (Freemasonry); and yet another that sailors created it as a sign which they could view at sea for landfall.

Although the exact age of the Candelabra geoglpyh is unknown, archaeologists have found pottery around the site dating back to around 200 B.C.

 

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Taken on January 3, 2012