Explore the Historic City of Chan Chan

Walk around this adobe metropolis

By CyArk

Click and rotate to explore the city

...and discover more about this adobe metropolis along the way.

Chan Chan was the capital city of Chimú empire

The capital stretched for nearly a thousand kilometres along the coastline. 

Chan Chan is one of 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru

This recognizes the cultural importance of Chan Chan, the largest adobe brick city on earth when it peaked in 1400 AD.

It was the largest adobe city in pre-Columbian America

The city planning reflects a strict political and social strategy, marked by the city's division into nine 'citadels' or 'palaces' forming autonomous units. 

The Chimu civilization transformed their surroundings

The Chimu civilization addressed changes in climate and sporadic access to fresh water in their desert coastal city through transforming their surroundings

The city is at risk of washing away

Site managers today face challenges preserving these places with more extreme and frequent changes in rainfall and droughts due to El Niño events and climate change that threaten to gradually wash the ancient city away. 

It is important to document and preserve the city

Site managers are working to document the site in order to better understand the challenges it faces from climate change and to conserve it for future generations.

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Discover how CyArk uses 3D documentation to empower local experts.

Find out more about ICOMOS' efforts to increase engagement of cultural heritage in climate action here.

Credits: Story

Milagros Flores, ICOMOS and President, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage.

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