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“Important site Temple of the Sun - Inti Raymi Celebration”

Convento de Santo Domingo
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Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour
Ranked #24 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 October 3, 2017

This is an important site in Cusco to visit as the Koricancha Temple in Incan times was related to the solstices and equinoxes and blends Spanish colonial culture with Incan masonry. Plus, the site is used for the all important and much anticipated celebration of Inti Raymi, welcoming the of the sun, on June 24 for Winter Solstice.

We visited the Temple a few days prior to the celebration with our private guide, hired through Kuoda Travel, and we received a fantastic history lesson. The Spanish destroyed the Incan Temple and built the Santo Domingo church and convent on the original Incan masonry foundation. As you walk around the inside perimeter of the beautiful courtyard it is really interesting to see the Incan walls that were excavated still standing. The architecture is Spanish colonial and there are many details to note around such as paintings, huge ceramic vases, detailed ceiling work and archways surrounding the large central courtyard.

A few days later we attended the Inti Raymi celebration that starts on the grounds of Koricancha Temple in the morning with much fanfare - costumes, dance, music - and continues as a parade through town to the Plaza de Armas before heading up to Sacsayhuaman for the afternoon festivities. To be in Cusco during this celebration was exciting for me as it was as exciting as I had imagined it would be when planning our trip itinerary! The costumes and parade were a beautiful site to behold.

Do make time to visit this site as the history of the Spanish and Incas is enlightening.

Thank greattripsrw
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

This historic religious structure was well worth the 8 dollars admission. Many amazing religious paintings were on display (no photos), Beautiful Costumes, well manicured grounds and amazing sanctuary (can be viewed from above but not allowed to enter chapel at floor level.) It has and interesting history and must also have some connection to artist as several new sculptures and paintings were out on display.

Thank dbvtravels
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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.

Thank bud_phillips2001
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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.

Thank Bruce H
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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.

Thank MitchMitch52
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