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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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Jundiai, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

spanish church built over Inka temple... very interesting. Get a guide or you´ll miss most of the contents in there.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We stopped in here on advise of trip advisor, and we are glad we did. We got a guide for the first time and we are glad we did, they were able to explain the difference between what the Spanish did and what was original Inca's. Go see it, cheap to get in, pay for the guide.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting site that was hidden away until the earthquake in the 1950's. Be sure to look through the perfectly aligned window openings.

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

There's so much to see inside, recommend spending a few hours here and try to avoid the tours that only spend 30 mins here as you'll miss out on too much. It's beautiful from the outside too.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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

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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