The Royal Tombs of Sipán in Lambayeque

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What are the Royal Tombs of Sipán?

The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan is an exact replica of the burial chamber of the Lord of Sipan, the ancient Mochica ruler of the 3rd century. The museum has three levels where more than 2000 pieces of gold, jewellery, ceramics and funerary objects are exhibited and kept. Among the most important remains and cultural pieces that belonged to this ruler of ancient Peru are: ornaments, emblems, attires, copper banners, copper crown, shell pectorals, gold and turquoise earrings, gold rattles, cotton headdresses and feather ornaments.

Las Tumbas Reales de Sipán

Design of the Royal Tombs of Sipán

The design of the tombs is based on the ancient truncated pyramids of the Mochica culture. But access to the interior of the museum is via a 58-metre ramp leading to the third floor.

Visit

The visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipán guided by the museum is top-down. From top to bottom, simulating the experience of the explorers of Sipán. The third floor offers general information about the Mochica culture: territory, social organisation, agriculture, important monuments and the layout of the Sipán sanctuary. The second floor provides information about the encounter and the excavation of the Lord's tomb, as well as the marvellous royal jewellery and command emblems. Next, in the first section, there is a recreation of the mausoleum of the Lord of Sipan and other Moche dignitaries. Then, in the last part of the visit, when the traveller thinks he has already discovered all the grounds and the doors that open, give way to the Royal House of the Lord of Sipan.

Conclusion

The visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipan in Lambayeque is an opportunity to travel back in time to discover the ancient Moche dignitaries that were discovered in the mausoleum of Huaca Rajada - Sipan.

Location

In the city of Lambayeque.

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