Qorikancha Sun Temple

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Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
Qorikancha Sun Temple - sacrificial stone in lower left
Qorikancha Sun Temple - Ceremonial Niche
Qorikancha Sun Temple - Inca version of Milky Way
Qorikancha Sun Temple - Qorikancha from below
Qorikancha Sun Temple - gardens of Qorikancha
Qorikancha Sun Temple - Qorikancha, carved stone and garden
Qorikancha Sun Temple - doorway of Sun Temple

Qorikancha Sun Temple Cusco Reviews

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Temple of the Sun found after earthquake in 1950 Nov 24, 2008
The sun temple was built by the Incas and has special rooms dedicated to the moon, stars, lightning, and thunder. The building also served as a solar observatory. The south wall was covered in gold to reflect the sun to illuminate the temple and the interior was decorated with several important Inca objects and gold statues. When the Spanish came they stripped the gold from the walls, took the gold statues, even a gold alter and melted everything down.

The Santa Dominigo church took over the destroyed sun temple and built their convent on top of the Inca walls. Parts of the church were destroyed in the earthquake in 1950 but the Inca walls were exposed and found undamaged.

The entrance fee is S/5, about $2 US, and you can get a guide or walk on your own. The beginning has some history written in English and Spanish. Following the history are several rooms with more history and some displays. The complex surrounds the courtyard where the Inca sacrificial stone remains. You can wander around the beautiful gardens and see several Inca stones as well as the very impressive rounded stone wall that hasn’t moved an inch during all of Cusco’s earthquakes. One room has a ceremonial niche, another has a painting of the Inca’s version of the constellations in the Milky Way. A side room contains a small chapel.
Qorikancha from below
sacrificial stone in lower left
gardens of Qorikancha
Qorikancha, carved stone and garden
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Flyinhigh says:
Nice review
Posted on: Mar 11, 2009
travelman727 says:
Great review, Alyssa! Your description and pics bring back happy memories :-D
Posted on: Mar 10, 2009
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