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Anniversary of “Qhapaq Nan” road marked at Katara

News Date :
7/21/2016
Marking the second year anniversary of Qhapaq Nan's inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List, Peruvian photography Exhibition that Jointly organized by the Peru Embassy in Qatar and the Cultural Village Foundation -Katara

The photo-Expo was opened with the presence of Ahmed Al Sayed, the Deputy General Manager and Head of International Relations along with the Peruvian Ambassador to Doha HE. Julio Florian. Heads of missions of Brazil, Argentine, Korea, Georgia and Iran were amongst diplomates who had attended the inauguration of the Peruvian expo.

Thirty-three photos of tranquil Peruvian landscape taken along the 30,000km Qhapaq ,Nan road network in the Andes mountains along with portraits of children donning varied hats which distinctly identify the community they belong, reflecting Peruvian Cultural diversity are featured in a photography Exhibition.

Peruvian exhibition portraits have depicted 12 communities as a sample of other communities that used the road which covering more than 1.28mn sqkm, The native costumes worn by the inhabitants in the mountainous as well as the Amazon region of Peru were also in display at the exhibition.

In June 2014, Qhapaq Nan was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO, during the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee that was held in Doha.

The Deputy General Manager and Head of International Relations Ahmad al Sayed said: "Organizing the Peruvian exhibition stems from the keenness of the cultural village at shedding the light on others' cultures. As a melting pot for all cultures, Katara has shouldered the responsibility of bringing cultures together and acknowledge people about cultures worldwide."

    

Speaking on the occasion, Peru's Ambassador to Qatar Julio Florian said:  "This Exhibition depicts the road network built by the Peruvian ancestors (Incas) 500 years ago, which was the backbone of the Inca Empire. It was built between 5,000 to 6,000 meters above sea level in the highest peak of the Andes covering six South American countries namely Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile,"

The Peruvian envoy to Doha pointed out that the main reason of displaying these photos because two years ago during the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qhapaq,an was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. "The road is Peruvian but it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in Doha. Peru now has 12 world heritage sites with Qhapaq-Nan the latest addition making Peru one of the Latin American countries with the highest number of sites inscribed on the list. It was a long process which took years and it was a proud moment for us when it was recognized in Doha." Added Peruvian envoy.

Qhapaq Nan is also known as the Main Andean Road was the backbone of the Inca Empire's political and economic power. The whole network of roads over 30,000 km in length connected various production, administrative and ceremonial centers constructed over more than 2,000 years of pre-Inca Andean culture. 

 

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