Get to know the sacred place of "The Dragon" or "Huaca"

It is one of the oldest pyramid temples of the valley, being considered the first settlement of the Wari culture in the valley of Moche.

The American researcher Richard Schaedell considers that the place has an antiquity of 1,100 years being in the period of development of regional cultures Horizontes Chavin and Tiahuanaco.

It comprises a total area of ​​3,245 square meters, with 59 meters long, 55 wide and 10 meters high. It is a building of adobe and mud, almost square.

You can admire the high degree of development that Wari reached in engineering and the entire structure is earthquake-proof.

Its structure presents a succession of overlapping platforms oriented east-west. It is presumed that originally had three stories and one of its functions was to conduct religious celebrations in honor of the rainbow and other natural phenomena related to rainfall and soil fertility.

Spaces associated with the building stand out. The presence of fourteen store rooms "colcas" where seeds and other agricultural products from different regions were kept. In the decorative, its walls exhibit figures in high relief with clay zoomorphic and anthropomorphic representations.

The huaca has been called The Dragon by the importance and notoriety of a high relief figure that exists in one of the main walls. This figure is two-headed, like a dragon, with countless legs, like a centipede. Coated adobe walls are decorated with reliefs depicting the rainbow, reason why it is also known as Huaca Arco Iris.

Found twenty five wooden idols, humpbacked appearance, inlaid with shells in different parts of the body, possibly worn as amulets.

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