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Convento de Santo Domingo
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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed January 29, 2014

We were leaving really close to this Temple but have visited it only on last day of our adventure. It's amazing how 2 different cultures are moxed there and you easily see how techologies of Incas (or whoever constructed it) have been more advanced than Spanish.

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Not much too see here and compared to the main cathedral in Cusco, this place just isn't that impressive. Our tour guide had to really play it up to keep anyone in our groups interest.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

It is worth going up because there is a nice view over Cusco but the temple itself is interesting only. Don't forget that there you are about 3800 m up so you can tire fast.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Like many of the buildings around Cuzco this Church was built on top of Inca ruins which still are available to see and support most of the structure. Some of these ruins were unveiled after an earthquake which they withstood but not "modern" structure that was built on top of it. Interesting place to learn about Inca architecture.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

The church of Santo Domingo, finished in 1654, was built on the site of the richest temple in the Inca empire, Qurikancha ("Golden Courtyard"). The temple was not only used for various religious rites, but served as an observatory for the high priests to monitor celestial activity. Some of the remaining chambers adjacent to the courtyard were dedicated to the moon and the stars, and to thunder and the rainbow. The Spanish colonialists intentionally chose this site, and destroyed most of the Inca temple in the building of the church, in order to further suppress the Inca religion. However, not all of the temple was destroyed. The original tightly interlocking, mortar free, stonework that remains is regarded as some of the finest Inca trapezoidal architecture in Peru. The temple was dedicated primarily to the Inca Sun God, and the main courtyard was covered with hundreds of gold sheets. All of the gold was later stripped and melted down to pay the Spanish a ransom for the life of the Inca leader, Atahualpa, who nonetheless
was later excuted by the Spanish following a mock trial.

Thank Richard B
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