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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

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Address: Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
Description: This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was later...
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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Have seen pictures in National Geographic but was blown away by it's beauty.

Photo will never give this site justice. You have to see it to believe how perfect the construction was. Simply amazing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Photo will never give this site justice. You have to see it to believe how perfect the construction was. Simply amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Thank goodness that not everything Inca, was destroyed. Although little is left, what has been preserved is amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

There are so many historic places here in Cusco. Some outstanding archialogical sights here. Huge Basalt rocks in this region,amazing sights looking down to Cusco township. Well worth a visit

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed this spot. I learned a lot of the history of Cusco and it was an interesting place to explore. Definitely worthwhile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I actually visited this after seeing Machu Picchu and still found it to be quite interesting. I went alone and paid for a guided tour (only 20 soles for a private tour). I feel that without the tour it wouldn't make much sense. There are some blocks on the ground which gives you an appreciation and understanding of the intelligence... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The Inca Temple of the Sun was the most sacred and important temple in the Inca world. To subdue the population, the Spanish conquistadors build the church of Santa Domingo on the site, tearing down the temple and using the materials to build the church and other structures. Some of the original temple walls were too well built to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

You get a great impression of the difference between the solid simple lines of the Inca structures that have withstood the impact of earthquakes without issue and the grandeur of colonial Spain that is damaged with each quake. Then ask the question who knew how to build better?. The history of this center of the Inca society is simply told... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

this is in Ollyatatambo and is in the Sacred Valley. The site has great significance in Incan history and shouldn't be missed. Evidence of how the temple was built using ramps and stone rollers to move stones from a quary that was 5 miles away is something you don't see every day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

if you get the multi city attraction pass, this is really worth seeing. I still marvel at how the Incas could build such amazing architectural structures and this is no exception. There is one small section in a room where you can see exactly how the walls were when they excavated the site. The vestments are exhibited in one room... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Worth a stop (I think it's included on the multi location pass we got). Off the courtyard are some walls from the original temple. May need some interpretation - we had a guide already with us, and am not sure it's really we labeled.

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