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Quirikancha

Photo credit: Håkan Svensson
Quirikancha
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An important temple of the Inca Empire that were later used to build a church

Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco, Peru

Quirikancha (“quiri” meaning Gold in Quechua) is a sanctuary and the most important temple of the Inca empire, dedicated to the God of the Sun. Originally, it was named Inti Kancha (In Quechua, “Inti” means sun and it was also the name of the Sun God”, and “kancha”, meaning an enclosed place.)

 

During its primetime, the walls were covered in gold and filled with golden statues but soon the gold was collected by the Spanish, who described the temples as “fabulous beyond belief”. The colonists built the Church of Santo Domingo on the site of the temple. Today, the foundations left of the temple and used to create the church still stand despite numerous earthquakes and can still be appreciated.

 

Near the site is an archaeological museum exhibiting mummies, textiles and many pieces found in the former temple.

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 8:30 - 17:30
Closed on Sundays

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