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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Small Group
$70*
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour
90%
Ranked #7 of 91 Attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

it's interesting to see the temple of the sun, the architecture and the things exhibit inside. It's a must-come if you're in Cusco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is an amazing historical artifact, with so many interesting facts. I strongly recommend you pay for one of the many private tour guides standing outside waiting to show you around – they are well worth the money. Looking at it alone, it looks like a lot of stones, but the tour guide pointed out all kinds of interesting things... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We spent about an hour walking around the temple. Note that many of the museums and temples prohibit photography but there were places in this temple that allowed photographs. It's great to hear the history of the locations and how the Incas lived.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We visited this site in Cusco during our exploration of the city. Note that they don't really allow pictures in most of the areas in the temple (very common in Cusco) but there is quite a bit to see and the history if well worth the visit.

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Verona, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

An interesting inca temple of the sun with its typical megalithic stones mixed with the colonial architecture of the Saint Dominicus building. A very nice fusion,even if having the whole original inca temple would be better..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Many of the Inca ruins were built on by the Spanish. These are one of them. Very central to Inca culture and Cusco. The ruins have been preserved as much as possible. A guide adds value to all of the site. It is a small cost. Open most days during business hours. The art, architecture and renovations were well done.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Did not went in because it was a paying site and we had visited the museo de sitio del Qoricancha, and we were soooo disapointed about this museum. Could be so much more. Still remember the smell of the toilets close to the exhibition rooms.

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Chula Vista, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The history and architecture of this temple/church is fascinating. Some of the artwork hanging around is also incredibly interesting. This is a must see for anyone who wants to see what the Spaniards did when they conquered the people here.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The temple, in the middle of the city, carries pre-Columbian and newer history - a lot; if you are lucky enough to have some space to breath and time to feel, it is overwhelming. Try to avoid big crowds and explore at your pace.

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Although you can get a sense of the place from reading a guide book I think it would have come alive if we had had an English speaking guide. The scale of the stones and the architecture was very impressive as were the cloisters.

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