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The largest Pre-Columbian city in South America
Chan Chan is an archaeological site in the Peruvian
region of La Libertad, Chan Chan was constructed
by the Chimor (the kingdom of the Chimú), a late intermediate period civilization which grew out
of the remnants of the Moche civilization
The ancient Chimu kingdom founded
their capital by the banks of the Moche
River in the region of La Libertad
and called it Jang-Jang, which in the
ancient Mochica language means
Chan Chan is located in the Moche
valley, in front of the sea, midway
between Huanchaco and Trujillo
The Grand Chimu kingdom
Developed very sophisticated agriculture and architecture skills to overcome the desert. They have also excelled in pottery and metallurgy.
It was built :
Using clay, mud, pebbles, straw and cane, which makes it the largest mud-brick citadel of the Americas in pre-Hispanic times.
Each of them has its own entrance, which leads down a corridor that opens up into other passageways lining walls and buildings featuring rectangular architecture
Chan Chan is made up of many cities with in a city.
Another remarkable achievement or Chimu architect :
The hydraulic system, with irrigation canals and reservoirs, as well as underground aqueducts and ditches used to carry water across huge distances.
Chan Chan was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on November 28 of 1986. The city is severely threatened by storms from El Niño, which cause heavy rains and flooding on the Peruvian coast.