Flag of Cuzco

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Official flag of Cusco.
Flag of Cusco flying on the main square

The flag of Cuzco is the official flag of Cuzco, Peru. It is a rainbow flag, supposed to be the flag of the Tawantin Suyu (cf. wiphala).

A flag with a seven-striped rainbow design is used in Peru[1] and Ecuador to represent Tawantin Suyu, or Inca territory. The use of the flag has its origin in Inca culture and it is called wiphala. Even today in the city of Cusco, Peru it is common to see the flag around the city displayed even in government buildings and in Cusco's main square.

Some argue that there is no historical reference to an Inca or Tawantisuyo flag or banner until the early 1920s; but other specialists suggest that there are chronicles and some references that support the idea of a banner attributable to the Inca. In 1534 during the invasion and occupation of the city of Qusqu today Cusco, the Spaniards found the first resistance of qhishwa-ayrnaras and saw between the multitude, objects similar to the flag of strips and pictures of seven colors of the rainbow. The existence and the use of this emblem probably has been from the same creation of Tiwanaku for more than 2000 years.[2][3]

The order of the colors is

Holy Incan Animals[edit]

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