Andean Candelabrum (Paracas Candelabrum)
Peru, Paracas

The Andean Geoglyph Candelabrum (Paracas Candelabrum) is located in Peru, on the northern coast of the Paracas Peninsula, on the territory of the Paracas National Reserve. Andean candelabrum is carved on a sea-facing slope of rock covered with a thick layer of sand. Due to the constant winds, the sand never completely fills the geoglyph - the outlines of the Paracas Candelabrum, like a huge candlestick with three candles, are always perfectly visible both from a bird's eye view and from the sea. The height of the giant trident is about 180 meters, the width is 60 meters, the thickness of its lines is 3.2 meters, and the depth is from 1 to 1.2 meters. The estimated age of the geoglyph is 2500 years. There are many legends and scientific hypotheses about the origin and purpose of the Andean candelabrum, which have not yet been confirmed. Some scholars suggest that the Candelabrum points to the Nazca line (a group of gigantic geometric and curly geoglyphs on the Nazca plateau in southern Peru), but they are more than 200 kilometers from the Paracas Candelabrum. Other researchers are inclined to the version about the religious purpose of the geoglyph, and local residents consider it an element of the cult of the deity Viracoch - the ancient creator god. There is also an assumption that the geoglyph served as a beacon for sailors - the location and gigantic dimensions of the Candelabrum make it possible to see it in clear weather at a distance of 20 km. Naturally, not without aliens, masons, buried countless treasures and rituals of sacrifice. Authentic is the fact that the Andean Candelabrum is a creation of ancient civilizations. It is believed that the geoglyph was created by representatives of the Paracas Archaeological Culture, a descendant of which is the Nazca culture. There is no doubt that the geoglyph "survived" several millennia - neither time, nor strong sea winds, nor sandstorms and storms could erase the Andean candelabrum from the Earth's surface.