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Trujillo Travel Guide

Trujillo History

Trujillo was founded in 1534 by Diego de Almagro under the name of "Villa Trujillo" in honour of Francisco Pizarro's birthplace. On 23 November 1537, King Charles I of Spain gave it the rank of 'city' and the coat of arms that remains a symbol for the city.Trujillo is also known as the "Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera"

During the XVIII century, due to the frequent pirat attacks, they built walls that are still visible. In 1619, an earthquake destroyed the city. Years later, in 1624, a new period surge started with the rebuildings of palaces and the opening of the seminary and the school of the Jesuits.

Until mid XX Century, the wealth of this town was given in the agricultural production and its export, and from then on it began the industrialization and the trade; prevailing the agricultural production of the sugar cane and rice.

Around of the city you will find numerous and wonderful archaeological monuments of the Mochica and Chimú cultures, outstanding Chan Chan's citadel.

Trujillo is known as the capital of la Marinera, and it celebrates during January a well attended National Festival. The city of Trujillo is home of the "paso horses" unique in the world and of its elegant horse-dealers with ponchos of linen and hay hats.

The Cathedral: It was built between 1647 and 1666, and rebuilt between 1768 to 1781. It have a beautiful decoration in its interior and colonial paintings. It has a Museum of Religious Art with exhibition of paintings and sculptures.

The Main Square: Like a traditional Spanish city, the Cathedral or Main Church, the City Hall.


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