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The great citadel of Chan Chan

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on May 27, 2016 3:41:20 PM


Chan Chan is located in the Moche Valley, between Huanchaco and Trujillo in La Libertad region, on the northern coast of Peru.

Due to  its great volume and its former prestige of being the capital of an important and rich kingdom, Chan Chan has been in the interest of travelers and researchers for centuries.

The core of Chan Chan is formed by 10 towns, called like this for being large nearby enclosures "canchones", in which inside are home to many smaller structures, like small walled cities, of which 9 have many common features.

The way Chan Chan is organized shows that there was a strong segmentation, with different social classes occupying different areas and own buildings to their economic status. Citadels are protected by high walls and have a single access, to facilitate the control of entering and leaving.

One of the details that most visitors admire today is the great beauty, variety and its walls with high relief motifs. These were made with moulds that decorated the walls of courtyards, audience and runners. Inside the citadels the decorative motifs were geometric figures, but the representations of fishes and birds are also common.

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Don´t miss the chance to visit the most extensive pre-Columbian adobe citadel of the world that can be compared to the Terracota Army from China due to its relevance for the local people and because its size and because oy was completely mado of mud.

Be enchanted by this fascinating site and by its high relief art, its monoliths and architectural structure.

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Trujillo

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