Sunday 26 April 2015

Chan Chan: World's Largest Adobe City

image credit: Beatrice Murch

Located near the Pacific coast in the Peruvian region of La Libertad, Chan Chan was the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America and the largest earthen architecture city in the world. The city itself was built around 850 CE and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in 1470.

At the height of the ChimĂș empire, Chan Chan housed an estimated 60,000 inhabitants. The city had nine large rectangular citadels surrounded by thick earthen walls 30 to 60 feet high. Within these units, were thousands of buildings including temples, residences, storehouses are arranged around open spaces, together with reservoirs, and funeral platforms.

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