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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Address: Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour
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Ranked #6 of 83 Attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We get to see Incan ingenuity and colonial conquest here... When they conquered the Cusco valley, the founders of the Inca dynasty, Manko Qhapaq and his family, settled on the site now occupied by the Qorikancha. Later the main temple of the Inca Empire was constructed here. Inca Pachakuti (or Pachakuteq), rebuilt the shrine and endowed it with fabulous riches,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I was intrigued by the way the builders were able to bring the large stones to this distant location. They had to use a ramp to get to higher and higher levels. Determining the exact placing for the temple required scientific measurement of the sun angles. We fail to give early civilizations the credit they deserve

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Loved exploring this temple, learning it's history , taking in the sunshine from various windows and portals within it's amazing walls.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We had a tour guide take us around and she really brought this place to life. She also told us that it was a "warm up" to get us ready for the real hiking the next day at Macchu Picchu. This site really helped us understand the history. Hiking/running shoes are a must and you'll want sunscreen and bug spray... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Basically, this is an Incan temple that was converted by the Spanish into a convent and Catholic church. The blend of history is great, and make sure to get a map (and paper tour) from the ticket area to guide yourself through the complex. Definitely worth going!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The temple itself is nice, but the descriptions there are not enough. It may be better to hire a tour guide or visit the nearby museum to have a better understanding.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

we had a really good guide and she told stories that made the place come alive. I could imagine all the beatiful differnt parts of the temple and especially the garden with it's golden statues.

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Winslow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A bit taken aback that this wasn't on the Tourist Boleta ticket (Church grabbing money again?). The Inca ruins are not huge, as they have been suppressed by the church, but there is a great collection of 'Cusco School' religious art, and also a modern exhibition in the upstairs galleries. Outside you can appreciate the dominant position of Coricancha and... More 

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Parma, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you come to Cusco you cannot miss the ancient Sun Temple. If you go deep down into the history of this sacred place, you will discover the most interesting place you've ever visited.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Here in Coricancha there are 43 ley lines intersecting in the temple. This is why the energy in the temple is through the roof so to speak. Koricancha (means "courtyard of gold" in Quechua) was an Incan temple before the Spanish made it into a Church. They built right over the existing structure. Outside you can still see the original... More 

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