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Flag of Cusco

Flag of Cusco

One of the things that most attracts the attention of tourists (and also locals) that wander through the city of Cusco, is the amount of multicolored flags in the great buildings of the Inca Empire.

The first intuition of many is to wonder why there would be so many Flags of Diversity there; also known as the LGBT Flag (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered, a symbol since 1978).

And although at first glance they may seem similar, the one found in Cusco is nothing more than the Flag of Tahuantinsuyo, a modern representation of the Inca Empire, and it differs because it has 7 multicolored stripes while the former only has 5.

Both flags were inspired by the rainbow, and because of that, they lend themselves to confusion, especially since the Flag of Cusco is not promoted so much worldwide, which generates an impression on more cosmopolitan people that have positioned the symbol of gay pride.

Origin of the Flag of Tahuantinsuyo


In the time of the Incas, there were no such symbols. This is rather the result of a modern interpretation, created in the 70’s (before the LGBT Flag) by the radio station of folk music Radio Tawantinsuyo, and later adopted by the City Hall of Cusco as a national symbol of that time.

Nevertheless, for many historians, this fact must be rectified because it is equivocal and undue since it builds a false reality on the Inca cultural legacy.

And because this issue never got beyond, the streets of the capital of Cusco still adorns flags of multiple colors, which contrast very well with the bright colors of the highlands.