Peruvian authorities approved an urgency decree on Wednesday which extends the current effective emergency situation for the archaeological complex of Chan Chan by another 120 days, informed president Alan Garcia.
This measure was approved upon the request of the Interior Ministry during a cabinet session today. As part of its decentralization efforts, Peru’s ministerial cabinet is currently on a road trip in the northern city of Chiclayo.
Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America, is also located in this area, in the region of La Libertad, five kilometers west of Trujillo.
With this extension the government looks to preserve its conservation and adding to its value as a cultural heritage site. The vast mud and adobe city of Chan Chan was built between c.850 and c.1470 and was the imperial capital until Chimor was conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. It is estimated that 30,000 people lived in the city at the time.
The complex near the northern Peruvian Pacific coast is exposed to extreme climatic phenomena – El Niño, for example, which causes heavy rains, flooding and strong winds which erode and harm the fragile historical walls made of adobe brick. The old capital of the Chimú span over an area of 20 square kilometers and consists of administrative palaces, complexes and temples shaped like pyramids and many painted and decorated walls.
Chan Chan was declared a World Heritage Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO in 1986, for being greater and the pre-Hispanic important mud large city of America.
Article by Wolfy Becker