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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)

Temple of the Sun (Coricancha)
Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour
Ranked #7 of 90 Attractions in Cusco
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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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Good for a short visit. Get a guide if available, otherwise just ask the guards in every room, they usually know a lot and don't expect any tips.

Visited April 2014
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“A Close-up View of Amazing Inca Architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

From the outside you would not know what remains of the Inca temple, with the only clue being the massive foundation of grey stone blocks now surmounted by the Spanish monastery. But after passing through the entrance in the monastery you quickly arrive at a grassed courtyard surrounded by the foundations and lower-level rooms of the temple. What immediately impresses you is the precision with which the builders placed the blocks forming the walls of the rooms. In one of the rooms several shaped blocks are placed on the floor for easy viewing. In another there is an intricate model of what the whole building looked like in Inca times. Rooms on the other side of the courtyard displayed Inca artifacts in gold, copper and stone. This is a site not to be missed in a visit to Cusco!

Visited February 2014
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“So much history! and an amazing building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

After learnign about the history of this amazing place, I felt sad learning how beautiful it must have been with all the gold ornate sculptures and furnishings before the Spanish came and took them all - sad but its a place not to be missed

Visited July 2013
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“Interseting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

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

Visited March 2014
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

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. Well worth the price of admission.

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