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Sierpinski triangle is a fractal whose envelope is an equilateral triangle and which is composed of three half-sized Sierpinski triangles.

A fractal is a geometric shape which is self-similar and has fractional dimension.

Machu Picchu, the legendary 'Lost City of the Incas', is without a doubt the most important tourist attraction in Peru and one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites

Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (Old Peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area about 44 mi (70 km) northwest of Cuzco at 8,000 feet above sea level.

It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.


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Last updated: February 14, 2007