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“Visit the Temple of the Sun”

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 October 7, 2017

Oorikancha (Koricancha) the Temple of the Sun was one of the holiest sites in Peru. It was destroyed by the Spanish in the 1530’s. The convent of Santo Domingo was built on its ruins. There are a lot of interesting things to see in both the convent and the surrounding grounds. There are several examples of the current structure being built on the old one as can be seen with the “L” shaped foundation stones. Also amazing are the finely cut stones that fit perfectly together. The arched courtyard is reminiscent of those I’ve seen throughout Spain. There are nice views of the surrounding city and mountains.

Thank Ronald B
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Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

We initially went the the museum with our tourist pass and decided to go in after. We opted against having a tour guide and wandered around. It might have been interesting to have a tour guide to understand further the history of this building. It had lovely artifacts on display as well as artwork. Try not to miss the view into the park which is pretty on a clear day. Worth the 15 soles we paid to enter!

Thank Wong L
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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Provides some good insight into Inca culture and later colonial Spanish culture in Peru.

There's some very good information about Incan Pantheon and how they structured their empire that you will definitely keep in mind while visiting other places.

Thank Gengi5
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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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