(VELINO) Roma, 11 Jun - The exhibition "Treasures of Cusco. Theimprint of Antonio Raimondi" opens in Lima on June 15. Theinitiative, which takes place at the Tupac Yupanqui Palace andruns to Sept. 30, has been organised by the Raimondi Museumwith the assistance of the Italian embassy in Lima, the ItalianCultural Institute (IIC) and local public and private sponsors.A collection of watercolours, drawings and etchings documentingRaimondi's scientific activities in the Cusco region will be ondisplay. The exhibition will also look at the Italian scholar'scontribution to modern Peruvian archaeology, and his specialinterest in the Inca past, which Raimondi saw as an essentialelement in the process of defining Peruvian national identity.Cusco also has a special significance because it was thecapital of the Inca empire and is considered the historiccapital of Peru. Indeed the city was declared a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site in 1983. The exhibition is one of a seriesdedicated to the travels of Raimondi (1824-1890) through Peru.The Milanese botanist, explorer, cartographer and archaeologistjourneyed the length and breadth of the country between 1851and 1869, recording valuable information on its naturalresources and cultural traditions. vel.