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Candelabra of the Andes

The Candelabra of the Andes is a geoglyph located at Pisco Bay in Peru. It is approximately 595 feet long, and is visible for several miles out to sea. The geoglyph consists of two foot deep trenches carved into the hillside and stones used to mark its edges. Other lines are also carved into the hillside near it.


Although the exact age of the Candelabra geoglpyh is unknown, archaeologists have found pottery around the site dating back to around 200 B.C. This pottery likely belonged to the Paracas people, although whether they were involved in the creation of the geoglyph is not known. The reason for the Candelabra's creation is also unknown, although it is most likely a representation of the trident, a lightning rod of the god Viracocha, who was seen in mythology throughout South America. It has been suggested that the Candelabra was built as a sign to sailors, or even as a symbolic representation of a hallucinogenic plant called Jimson weed.

The Candelabra was first discovered by Spanish explorers in South America.

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