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Convento de Santo Domingo, Cusco

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Once dazzling with gold-coated walls and solid gold statues, Convento de Santo Domingo 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. By using our Cusco vacation route planner, you can arrange your visit to Convento de Santo Domingo and other attractions in Cusco.
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  • This is the sort of place that only makes sense if you have a guide to make you understand and to show you details that you would miss by yourself. Paper guides or internet would not help you. Very in...  more »
  • The story is incredible, I suggest a guided tour in the early morning or late afternoon. How is a region well in central Cusco, near the lunch break is usually full.
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  • This monastery was built on the most sacred temple of the inca and it is comprised of inca foundations which are earthquake -proof and the colonial/1950's rebuild which is less so. I hired a guide for...  more »