Skip to comments.Inca wall falls for 'Archaeologist' hotel
Posted on 09/15/2003 1:57:59 PM PDT by bedolido
A Frenchman has torn down part of an ancient Inca wall to build a hotel that he ironically wanted to call 'The Archaeologist', in the Peruvian city of Cusco, capital of the Inca empire.
The El Comercio newspaper said Joel Raymund was planning to slap up a concrete wall in place of the large, finely cut bricks that had been there since before the 16th century Spanish conquest.
Peruvian authorities have halted construction of the hotel.
The newspaper reported Mr Raymund has apologised but it is not clear what sanctions he could face.
The Inca dynasty ruled over a swathe of Latin America, from Colombia to Chile, for more than three centuries until the Spanish conquest.
Its capital, Cusco, is near the mountaintop citadel Machu Picchu, Peru's top tourist attraction.
Just don't touch those Inca Roads.
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