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“A Close-up View of Amazing Inca Architecture”

Convento de Santo Domingo
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$91.00*
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Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour
Ranked #8 of 172 things to do in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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!

1  Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed April 21, 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

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Reviewed April 19, 2014

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

Thank Linda H
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Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

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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Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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