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Candelabra of Paracas

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Commonly referred to as the “Candelabra,” this design is carved into the cliff of the Paracas Peninsula on the Peruvian coast. The geoglyph is 650 feet (200 m) high by 200 feet (60 m) wide, and it is speculated that it depicts either a cactus or the Southern Cross constellation. Although it is similar to the Nazca Lines that lie 125 miles (200 km) southeast, it is the product of an earlier civilization, that of the Paracas. A Paracas necropolis was discovered in the region, containing 429 mummified corpses, or funeral fardos. The Paracas, known for their textiles, embroidery, and pottery, were above all a fishing people; their civilization flourished about 650 B.C. Visible from far out at sea, the Candelabra was a navigational landmark, as it still is today for boats cruising off the peninsula.

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