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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #12 of 103 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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Dedham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was pretty cool, it was originally an Incan Temple that shows their ingenuity in building perfection but the Christians built a church on top of it. On the lawn outside they often have traditional Incan rituals, while I was there I managed to get in the middle of one which was beyond cool!

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Windsor Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This site was very interesting to see - the history is fascinating and my cousin and I killed the better part of an entire afternoon looking around the attached church, the grounds and the museum.

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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Our guide was perfection in bringing this beautiful location to life. The Catholic Church is not too keen to allow correct historical information to be known, and so they change their story over the years. You can see the ancient Incan walls that were beautifully and perfectly constructed only to have been covered in plaster by the church in an... More

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nord-est
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The site is very well-organised and the 3 inca temples are very interesting. The cristian building is very modern.

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Rio Rico, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A Dominican church was built on the Koricancha, but enough of the original building remains to give an idea of the splendor of this building in the past. I was fascinated with the blending of cultures and structures. A must see.

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Annandale, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Coriconcha is a site not to be missed in downtown Cusco. I think what I find most fascinating is that the monastery was build right on top of an Inka temple, leaving much of the temple intact. There is actually a diorama showing the old Inka temple, and I've wished that they had the monastery as a removable part, so... More

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Larkspur, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The sacred Inca temple of Cusco is tucked inside Convento de Santa Domingo, which is interesting in and of itself. The architecture is super unique--Spanish style convent with wallls of the old temple inside. Beautiful religious art on the walls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited it with a tour which was bad, not enough time to see a lot of interesting things. Do not visit it with a tour, go by yourself and take the time to enjoy the place. An old Inca Temple transformed in church by the Spanish. At least, they kept the walls an the foundation of the Inca Temple...I... More

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Boerne, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Love Incan history. A great learning experience. I would say this is a must on a trip to Cusco. It must have been an awesome sight before the Spaniards too all of the gold from the walls.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Well worth it! Spent hours exploring the buildings and courtyard. Amazing history of the Inca ruins where the Spanish conquerors built on top of.

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