Coricancha Temple, Cusco

Coricancha Temple, Cusco (must see)

The Coricancha (from the Quechua words Quri Kancha meaning "Golden Temple"), originally named Inti Kancha ("Temple of the Sun") or Inti Wasi ("Sun House"), was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples of the capital city of Cusco.

The walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold, and its adjacent courtyard was filled with golden statues. Spanish reports tell of its opulence that was "fabulous beyond belief". When the Spanish required the Inca to raise a ransom in gold for the life of the leader Atahualpa, most of the gold was collected from Coricancha.

The Spanish colonists built the Church of Santo Domingo on the site, demolishing the temple and using its foundations for the cathedral. Construction took most of a century. This is one of numerous sites where the Spanish incorporated Inca stonework into the structure of a colonial building. Major earthquakes severely damaged the church, but the Inca stone walls, built out of huge, tightly-interlocking blocks of stone, still stand due to their sophisticated stone masonry.
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Coricancha Temple on Map

Sight Name: Coricancha Temple
Sight Location: Cusco, Peru (See walking tours in Cusco)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Cusco, Peru

Create Your Own Walk in Cusco

Create Your Own Walk in Cusco

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cusco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cusco Introduction Walking Tour

Cusco Introduction Walking Tour

The rich historical legacy of Cusco is known well beyond the city's borders. The streets of the capital of the once mighty Inca Empire tell a fascinating story of life in the pre- and post-Columbus eras. This tour invites you to visit some of Cusco's most noteworthy attractions, prominent reminders of the city's eventful past.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Cusco's Historical Churches

Cusco's Historical Churches

Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, is one of the oldest cities in the world. In the 16th century Spanish missionaries brought Catholicism to Cusco. Take this tour to learn about fascinating Inca religious buildings and rituals and to see some of the beautiful religious art in Cusco's Colonial-era churches.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Cusco Shopping Tour

Cusco Shopping Tour

Cusco has many excellent opportunities for shopping. Here you can find beautiful clothing, most of which is made from 100% alpaca wool. You can also purchase handmade jewelry, Inca pottery, quilts, textiles and more. Take this tour to explore some of the best stores in Cusco.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles