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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #11 of 101 Attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Owner description: This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was later used as a base for the Church of Santo Domingo when the Spanish conquered... more » Owner description: This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was later used as a base for the Church of Santo Domingo when the Spanish conquered the city. « less
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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Very interesting site. Examples of well built earthquake-proof Inca walls and architecture. The Spaniards came and plundered all the gold inside. Only replicas of the golden artwork remain. They built the Christian Church right on top of the Inca ruins. It is a good example of the melding of the 2 cultures. Lovely courtyard with historic paintings and nice gardens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went through Quoricancha twice, once on our own, and once with a guide (wasn't intentionally planned however). Have to say that there's benefit in doing it either way. Best would probably be having a guide for part of the time and then spend some free time to just wander around the complex inside and out, taking in the surrounding... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Destroyed by during the Spanish conquest and a new church constructed over the site Much of the original Incan stone foundation remains, which exhibits some of the finest examples of fitting of blocks of stone. With Cusco being the capital of the Incan Empire, you would expect nothing less in the skill level of construction workers. Stones had keyways cut... More

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Victoria Harbour, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Make day 2 of your visit to Machu Picchu dedicated to this climb. While not included in a guided tour of this amazing historical site, the climb is not particularly challenging if taken slowly. The view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate is truly magnificent and the overwhelming sense of being a part of the past is ever present.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We went here as part of a tour which was really great to hear about the history and really understand how amazing the temple is. Only downside is that it is really packed with tourists!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Excellent examples of Incan architecture. Don't miss the museum underneath with elongated skulls and mummies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Those Inca sure built some amazing things. And also really interesting to see the colonial Spanish stuff plopped right on top of it! The site is interesting, but there's almost no explanatory plaques. Hire one of the numerous guides at the front to give you a tour. We paid 50 Soles for 2 people.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great example of Inca architecture and their knowledge to avoid earthquakes, of astronomy, of seasons, and of mathematics

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Cusco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It’s an amazing witness of the greatness of the Inca Empire. The visit is absolutely worth going considering all the history you can find and learn here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Worth at least pass by on the outside, it really show how things were built in Cusco: above inca temples and buildings! We didn't go inside the museum, but it seems to be interesting. Buy the touristic ticket that gives right to see a lot of places so it can get cheaper!

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