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Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #13 of 89 attractions in Cusco
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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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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Interesting place to walk around in the centre of Cusco. Yet another example of the precision building of the Incas

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Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Loved this place. The basement museum (part of the boleto touristico) is small but interesting and the part in the Dominican monastery is brilliant. I didn't have a guide but I got plenty out of it as there are many explanations in Spanish and English. The restored Inca ruins are certainly impressive and the religious art provides a nice contrast.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Another must see area prior to Machu Picchu. The ruins provide insight to the Inka way of life. A guide or self guide book/app is must.

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Montreal
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31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Lima Tours took us to this location as part of a Cuzco tour. The tourist part is on land owned by a functioning monastery, so you visit less of the buildings than you see from the outside. We had a knowledgeable tour guide from Lima Tours take us through. I recommend either a tour guide or a book to help... More

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Strengelbach, Switzerland
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

During the Spanish conquest the Conquestadores and the Catholic Church did everything to thoroughly destroy the Inka culture. They built a convent around the remains of the Sun Temple. The area was closed off for public access until around 1980 (!!!) gives an insight into contemporary Catholic Church attitudes. The remains of the temple give proof of the high level... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Anyone who has visited Imhotep's temple at Sakkara, Egypt, will be BLOWN AWAY by how similar the architecture of the Temple of the Sun is. Can this possibly be coincidence?!? And even if you haven't, marveling at the skill of these bronze age builders is worth the time. Nice to go with a guide who can describe what's what, otherwise... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a great place to spend your afternoon in Cusco. You can see the Incan, Spanish, and Arabic influences all in one place. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about the Incan empire, and I was very impressed with the architecture of the site. I did not have a guide because we were not sure how much... More

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London, United Kingdom
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is a beautiful site which demonstrates very well the melding of Incan and Spanish culture. This is a must-see site because of the near-complete Incan buildings housed inside. Also, the large Incan bricks are incredible to behold.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Quite good to see. Not a lot there though + you do need a tour guide to explain it in detail or you would miss out

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Greenville, NY
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

again, go with a guide, you will walk away with a greater appreciation and a lot more info about what you are looking at.

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