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  Temple of the sun, Cuzco
by mad4travel

Coricancha is a Quechua word meaning 'Golden Courtyard', but the Inca stonework is all that remains of the ancient Temple of the Sun, which was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God.

The walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold, and the courtyard was filled with golden statues. There is a model of the temple in inca time as you enter the complex which shows you what it was like and how little is left.

The Church of Santo Domingo was built on the site, using the ruined foundations of the temple that was flattened by the gold-hungry Spanish in the 17th century.

It is a fine example of where Inca stonework has been incorporated into the structure of a colonial building. There are also interesting works of art dating from the 17th Century surrounding the courtyard

Major earthquakes have severely damaged the church, but the Inca stone walls, built out of huge, tightly-interlocking blocks of stone, still stand as a testimony to their superb architectural skills and sophisticated stone masonry.

Directions: Opening time: Monday to Saturday 8am to 5.30pm; Admission: Part of the Cuzco Tourist Card that allows entry to all Inca sites around the city and museums; Full ticket US$10,

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  • Written Jul 24, 2005
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