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Qorikancha, Cusco

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Once dazzling with gold-coated walls and solid gold statues, Qorikancha now seems like a shell of its former self. Despite this, the temple--dedicated to the Inca sun god Inti--retains an air of mystique, as its blend of Inca and Spanish architecture symbolizes a clash of two empires. Legend has it the temple was stripped of most of its gold when the Spanish ransomed an Inca leader Atahualpa, forcing their enemies to surrender much of their wealth. You can admire the hardy architecture of the Inca temple, and imagine the ornate decorations that once graced it. Work out when and for how long to visit Qorikancha and other Cusco attractions using our handy Cusco trip planning tool.
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  • Might have been our favorite stop in Cusco. This place has been so many important things. And so much of it remains. See Inca ruins, monastery walls, and an old church. Great spot to spend an... 
    Might have been our favorite stop in Cusco. This place has been so many important things. And so much of it remains. See Inca ruins, monastery walls, and an old church. Great spot to spend an...  more »
  • It clearly demonstrates the changes throughout history from the Inca times until after the Spanish invasion, and how the Christians tried to overpower and erase the local culture. A beautiful and... 
    It clearly demonstrates the changes throughout history from the Inca times until after the Spanish invasion, and how the Christians tried to overpower and erase the local culture. A beautiful and...  more »
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  • This used to be an Inca temple, which got converted into a Catholic church. A decent bit of the old temple still survives - you can see how well the Incas used to cut rocks to make their buildings. They survived even through multiple earthquakes which destroyed most buildings in Cusco. We got a tour from a tour guide and it was well worth it. Would have been pretty lost without her. Wonderful experience. Highly recommend.
  • Close museum to the city. Not a lot of stuff to see inside but it’s mainly for learning history about the Incas. The building itself is quite marvelous tho. If you got nothing else planned for an hour or so, consider visiting this place.

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