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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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$70*
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour
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Ranked #7 of 89 Attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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Suffern, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This temple of the sun must be visited with a very knowledgeable tour guide. We were fortunate to have David Ramos who knew the history of the Temple and of the Spanish destruction. He nearly had a story and insight about each stone, crevice, carving, and ruin in the building. I would not visit this temple without a guide. It... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Most interesting thing here is to watch the ancient inca temple (once covered in gold) above the "new" church. The church is OK, but the inca remaining are impressive. Skip the church and focus on the massive stone structure beneath. There are two different sites here. The Santo Domingo temple (buy the ticket there) and a archeological museum (no single... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

It was awesome everything we see during our stay in the city of Cuzco, Qoricancha is one of the wonderful places, the Andean syncretism, paintings, architecture, nice everything.

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Hudson, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

You can see how the Spaniards built their church in top of what the Inca's temple was. But the Inca's architecture remains. Temople to the god Sun.

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york pa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Former palace of the Inca, stripped of that glory by the conquistadors, still an active Catholic Church. For 10 soles you can wander through the courtyard & garden, admire the walls & engineering, view a model of what once was & wonder... Not much signage so a guide or book would be very helpful. Nice display about astronomy & a... More 

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I am interested in Architectural design and culture. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the history.This was a bitter sweet experience for me. The destroyed Inca Temple with the Catholic Church built upon it, left me with a sense of sadness.

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Redwood City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This place is awesome for the fact that you have such a juxtaposition of pre and post Columbian stone work. Much of Cusco is built on Inca foundations, including the church of Santo Domingo, which is on top of Coricancha. It was amazing to see that the post Columbian stone work fell during earthquakes while the Inca foundations stayed firm.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

All over Peru Spanish buildings (especially churches) were constructed on Inca stone foundations. Earthquakes of layer centuries took their toll on the newer buildings but left the Inca stones intact. No where is this more evident than here at the Temple of the Sun/Santo Domingo. Informative and artistic displays. Hard to feel any sympathy for stupidity and greed of the... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Known also as the "Court of Gold" we can now only imagine how glorious this Temple of the Sun must have looked at the peak of the Inca Empire. It was devastated by the need to pay ransom to the Spanish for a captive Inca ruler, and later ransacking by the Conquistadors. It requires a skilfull guide to make you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Make sure you go inside the museum. There are some better preserved walls and ruins inside. You can see just how great the architects of old were at making perfectly flush connections in the stone

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