Peru is the world's eyes to Qoyllurit'i Recognition

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The designation of the pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Qoyllurit'i and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco placed once more to Peru in the eyes of the world, said today the Minister of Culture, Susana Baca.

Qoyllurit´i Sanctuary

"We are in the eyes of the world with all the wonders we have, starting from Machu Picchu and the Taquile textile art, dance of the scissors, the huaconada of Myth and oral traditions of the people of Zápara" he said.

To this, he said, adding the registration of documents incunabula Peruvian books of the sixteenth and seventeenth street and Protocol of the conquerors (known as the Book Calf) in the Memory of the World Register for Latin America and the Caribbean Unesco.

"The certificates were given to us this morning by Nilda Anglarill, Unesco representative in Peru. Therefore, for the Ministry of Culture and the culture of Peru are celebrating," he said at a news conference.

Baca announced that next year will present the nominations to UNESCO of the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria, the huaylas of Huancayo, Arequipa and other Wititi for designation as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Soledad Mujica Bayly, general director of the Contemporary Intangible Heritage Department said the designation of the pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Qoyllurit'i followed a long process of technical and specialized work.

He recalled that the nomination was submitted by the Ministry of Culture to the Ministry of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Unesco in the nomination process 2011-2012.

He said that the pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Qoyllurit'i, conducted between May and June in the highlands of Cusco, combines several cultural expressions such as dance, music and ritual.

He said that in order to protect the environment in the area, coordinated with the Regional Directorate of Culture and the district municipality Ocongate.

"You build two treatment plants, one for solid waste and the second for wastewater treatment, as well as water and sewer systems so that the pilgrims have the facilities to be in place and protect the environment", he said.

He stressed that the body charged with reviewing the 60 cases selected document from Peru, along with six others, as an example and model of good preparation, quality and timeliness of information and safeguard good plans.

"We are proud that our record is added for other countries," he said.

The Ministry of Culture official announcement made today by the declaration that was the pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Qoyllurit'i, declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation on August 10, 2004, the most important religious feast in the Peruvian Andes.

Involving thousands of devotees from different parts of the country that run eight miles in a bitter cold to reach the shrine, located at the foot of Mount Qolqepunku, more than 4.500 meters above sea level in the province of Cusco Quispicanchi.

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