Laser scanning the walls which are believed to represent fishing nets at Chan Chan by CyArkCyArk
What did the city look like?
Architecture at Chan Chan is characterised by buildings constructed using pre-prepared sections of poured mud or adobe.
Chan Chan detailsCyArk
Externally, they were decorated with geometric and maritime motifs.
Chan Chan Palacio TschudiCyArk
Internally, textiles and basketwork would have hung on the walls.
Huaca de la Luna painted walls, Chan Chan by CyArkCyArk
Chimú architecture is intricately connected to mythology; specifically, a belief that the sun populated the world by creating three eggs – gold for the ruling elite, silver for their wives, and copper for everyone else.
Where would you live?
The social division is visible in the layout of Chan Chan, where the elite lived in the citadels, while the majority of the population lived and worked in small irregular agglutinated rooms which also served as workshops.
These craftspeople were forbidden from entering the citadels.
Milagros Flores, ICOMOS and President, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage.