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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #15 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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Tucson, Arizona
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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I wasn't expecting to be very impressed but I was. The town and the ruins were amazing. It's not to be missed.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Unbelievable fine stone work, much of it still intact. Huge blocks of stone, perfectly smoothed, squared and fitted (often with interlocking corners and other complexities). Try an imagine doing this with nothing but hand tools; it's mind-boggling. It's a tragedy that the Conquistadors knocked much of it down, but there's still quite a bit to see in good condition. The... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Coricancha was an Inca temple and palace at the height of the Inca empire. The temple was literally paved and plated with gold. When the Spanish invaded Peru, naturally they stripped all the gold and converted the temple into a Catholic church. What survives today is a blended Inca temple-Catholic church, with evidence of both cultures. There's also a fabulous... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

One of the most (if not the most) mythical place in the Inca world: the Temple of the Sun. Unfortunately, most of the original setting has been destroyed by the Spanish but the place still offers remarkable insights in Inca history. Do some reading before or take a guide to optimize the experience. The Temple is within walking distance of... More

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Surf City, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

I hired a guide just outside the Temple, and I'm glad I did. So little is known for sure about the Incas that stories and exhibits were augmented by an explanation. There are small signs, but not much text. You either need a good guidebook (my friends and I used Lonely Planet) or a guide. Takes about an hour and... More

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Southwold, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The spanish balcony area is quite pleasant but behind this but if you get excited about looking at walls most of which have been reconstructed then this is the place for you Far too packed with tourists wondering what it is they have come to see?

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Fresno, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A wonderful contrast of Inca and Incapas construction. But very sad. One of the many examples of "my myth is better than your myth" religious thinking that has been responsible for so much suffering through the centuries.

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Aurora, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

You can walk through on your own, but the guide prices are reasonable and they bring the temple to life. The temple has some of the best workmanship in Peru.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

GREAT place for a meditation...I was there on the Summer Solstice. AMAZING! I would spend some extra quiet time here

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Lima
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great guide also selling her own very informative guide to Macchu Pichu outside the gates. Go slow and look around so you can imagine how it may have looked before the Spaniards melted it down.

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