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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #11 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Hire a guide and hear all about this fascinating place. The history is very interesting as are the Inca building techniques. It gets pretty busy, so best in the morning.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Easily fitted in with other Incan remains, this one is well worthwhile visiting. Dawn or dusk will provide further interest with nice interplay of colour and shadows.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was our first tour upon arrival in Cusco before going to our hotel. The Inca temple and Spanish monastery are very interesting. You can imagine when it was covered in gold

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Very interesting and very sad to see that what the Incas built was completely covered and not appreciated. A nice stop and doesn't take too much time to see.

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Very interesting site. Examples of well built earthquake-proof Inca walls and architecture. The Spaniards came and plundered all the gold inside. Only replicas of the golden artwork remain. They built the Christian Church right on top of the Inca ruins. It is a good example of the melding of the 2 cultures. Lovely courtyard with historic paintings and nice gardens.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We went through Quoricancha twice, once on our own, and once with a guide (wasn't intentionally planned however). Have to say that there's benefit in doing it either way. Best would probably be having a guide for part of the time and then spend some free time to just wander around the complex inside and out, taking in the surrounding... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Destroyed by during the Spanish conquest and a new church constructed over the site Much of the original Incan stone foundation remains, which exhibits some of the finest examples of fitting of blocks of stone. With Cusco being the capital of the Incan Empire, you would expect nothing less in the skill level of construction workers. Stones had keyways cut... More

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Victoria Harbour, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Make day 2 of your visit to Machu Picchu dedicated to this climb. While not included in a guided tour of this amazing historical site, the climb is not particularly challenging if taken slowly. The view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate is truly magnificent and the overwhelming sense of being a part of the past is ever present.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We went here as part of a tour which was really great to hear about the history and really understand how amazing the temple is. Only downside is that it is really packed with tourists!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Excellent examples of Incan architecture. Don't miss the museum underneath with elongated skulls and mummies.

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