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“The Inka and Spanish Cultures in One Place.”

Convento de Santo Domingo
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Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour
Ranked #23 of 182 things to do in Cusco
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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 September 29, 2017

The convent is near the main Plaza, and very worthwhile to visit for its art and history. The Inka temples under the convent were destroyed by the Spanish in the late 1500s, but rediscovered and excavated after the last major earthquake. The architecture, engineering, and design of the temples is truly amazing. The Sun Temple was one of the most important Inka temples in the empire.

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Reviewed September 27, 2017

Convento de Santo Domingo is built on the foundation of possibly the most sacred and important building in the entire Inca Empire, Korikancha. It was the name given to the Inca Temple of the Sun. When the Spanish conquistadores arrived in Cusco, the temple was torn to the ground and its valuable items taken. While the colonial structure of the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo sits on top of the original Korikancha foundations, inside many of the original temple buildings remain.

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Reviewed September 26, 2017

This church has had a lot of trauma in its time, the base has some precision Inca stonework which was left after the Spaniards had destroyed and rebuilt a lot of it and an earthquake devastated a lot of it, all at different times of course. All in all the rebuild makes it quite a unique structure, with different times and styles combined together.
The church is really worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 26, 2017

Very nice experience of Spanish construction on Inka palace foundation. Great history and interesting folklore.

Thank Jose T
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Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

Old Inca temple- now San Domingo church- interesting interior - crowded- nice museum on 1 st floor and exposition on ground floor. Worth to visit.

Thank Barbara Iwona W
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