Temple of the Sun and City of the Moches
The so called Temple of the Sun and the Moches City excavations are not open to tourists. The name “Huaca del Sol” is really a misnomer, as there is no evidence to connect the building with any solar cult but we don't know what it was originally called. While the excavation of the Temple of the Moon is going on, the Temple of the Sun excavation has been put on the back burner.
The Huaca del Sol is largest of the two structures, and is thought to be the largest pre-Columbian structure found in Peru and the tallest adobe structure in the Americas. Even though it was looted by the Spaniards in Colonial Times (including using a diversion of the river to wash part of the pyramid away), it still measures 1,250 feet in length and is 135 feet above the surrounding plain. lt is calculated that around 50 million sun-dried, mud bricks (or “adobes”), were used in its construction. It is oriented roughly 20 degrees east of north and it was probably begun early during the Moche period.
The study of the city located between the Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna began in 1995, to achieve a better understanding of the social and political situation that fostered the construction of such grand temples. The archaeological diggings undertaken there during recent seasons have provided interesting information. The second and third photos show these excavations from the top of the Temple of the Moon
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Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesús
Although this is on the main Plaza (Independencia and Jr. Almagro), this building is not mentioned as much in the tour guides. It was built before the Cathedral, and was a work of Diego de la Puente between 1632-1633. It was considered the bench mark for later buildings, including the cathedral. The Jesuits were expelled from the colonies around 1766 & never returned to Trujillo.
Simón Bolívar founded the first republican university there in 1824 & the National University of Trujillo still uses it for conferences & occasional exhibits. Inside are the paintings of the Jesuit father Diego de la Puente
It has doric, ionic & compound Corinthian capitals on its columns.
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The museum is next to the cathedral - it is in the wing on the right (photo 4) as you face the cathedral. It holds valuable sculptures, canvases and an enigmatic crypt. It isn't free and we did not visit it. The website on Trujillo says
Here are kept objects related to liturgy, carvings, and paintings of the colonial period; among these, two canvasses stand out: "La Negación de San Pedro" (The Denial of Saint Peter) and the portrait of John the Baptist. Characteristics of this building are its ceiling ornamented with polychromatic beams and the crypt decorated with murals of the Apostles.
Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
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