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THE CITADEL OF CHAN CHAN

Impressive City

To Related image to the Multimedia Gallery The city is impressive with magnificent walls decorated with geometrical figures in relief, zoomorphic stylizations and mythological beings. The intelligence of the Chimu architects guided them in developing a vast system of ditches and subterranean channels capable of carrying water over great distances.

Because of these characteristics, many experts have compared Chan Chan To Related image to the Multimedia Galleryto Tectihuacán in Mexico, and the ancient cities of Egypt, Mesopotamia and China.

Archeologist Francisco Iriarte Brener, member of the Chan Chan Restoration Committee, maintains that this citadel, which could hold up to 100 thousand inhabitants, was occupied exclusively by officials, administrators and priests, who ranked second in the social híerarchy.

For three centuries, Chan Chan, Chimu capital, seemed to be unconquerable but in 1460 the powerful Inca hosts invaded the city. Today, the citadel seems to come to life again as hundreds of people visit it, captivated by its charms and its mysteries.


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