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Chan Chan, located near the northern city of Trujillo, was the capital city of the disappeared Chimu Kingdom. The city reached its zenith in the 15th century when it was the largest city in pre-Hispanic America and the largest adobe citadel in the world, before it fell to the great rivals of the Chimu - the Incas. The city covers six km², divided into nine autonomous palaces which comprised squares, temples, dwellings, gardens, storehouses and funeral platforms. The city’s walls and buildings are decorated with detailed friezes. There is also evidence of industrial sectors dedicated to woodworking, weaving and precious metalworking and an irrigation system to channel water from the Moche River for use in farming.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Location: Peru

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