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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Address: Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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$72*
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour
90%
Ranked #6 of 133 things to do 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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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Temple of Sun is in the middle of a complex of a Spanish church,,,,,stones were taken from part of the temple to build the church. Very interesting art from native peoples after their conversion to Christianity by the Spanish. Very typical religious scenes but with a native touch to many of the themes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Right in the centre is this lovely old building with interesting history. Went in a tour which has its good points but would have liked more time to roam around on our own, but you could do that later if you wished. Well preserved and clean, a delight

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

This place is a peak into the inca empire. You'll see their construction style and learn about their culture and religion since this was their main temple.

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wales
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had the guided tour, some bits interesting others a little bit boring but everyone is interested in different things, we were glad we went around this place but have seen better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Qoricancha is a very rich experience if you are interested in Inca architecture and their rituals. Make sure to have a guide or to read about the history of the place before going, as the context of the monastery over the Inca temple and the circumstances in which it was unearthed are very interesting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

this place was so nice , because the most important temple for the incas was, the finest polished stones, temples, absolutly recomended.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Amazing to see the old Inca walls and the massive stones. So interesting to read about the history of Cusco and Incas. Some lovely modern artwork in the building, as well as a lovely Spanish courtyard and a lovely view over part of Cusco city. It's definitely worth the small entrance fee, you can also buy a combined ticket to... More 

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bay area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

In Cusco city where both Incan and spanish catholic history harmoniously co-exist, great paintings inside but no photgraphy of paintings. Overall nothing wow-ed me though, if you dont like history then skip this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is the legendary cloister of Santo Domingo that was built in the 17th century from the stones of the Temple of the Sun. There are some beautiful views here of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

impressive. Not so much the Spanish construction as well as the old Inca walls and constructions that withstood all the earthquakes (while the Spanish buildings collapsed said the guide with a smile). Use your imagination and see how it was in the Inca times!

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