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. Work out when and for how long to visit Convento de Santo Domingo and other Cusco attractions using our handy Cusco trip planning tool .
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  • I would’ve liked to have spent more time here but alas we were on a tight schedule. This is the fourth church built on this site. Earthquakes in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries destroyed the previou...  more »
  • Interesting to visit for a while, price is OK in relationship to what you get to see. We were quickly seen.
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  • The center of the old city before this visit this temple. The Temple also worshipped the Sun İncalar. Planets and stars the great research. The inside of the Temple of the Inca Kingdom in time filled with Golden chairs wall hangings. Now it's just blank walls.
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  • Beautiful church, just be aware the ladies with llamas outside are after your soles.
  • The complex is very beautiful for its colonial architecture, but is a flavorless, because it shows the tragedy that represented the conquest of the Spaniards to the Inca civilization, not only because they demolished part of a sacred Temple, but in a sign of pride to the impose one God over another, built the convent of Santo Domingo on the Inca temple as a sign of freehold and even tyranny. It is as if they invade us aliens and we would be slaves life destroying our churches to impose their beliefs on us.
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  • A church quite impressive, very different from the other churches can be seen in the city. The interior design is very special and I recommend to go see. Admission is free and you can visited the temple just next door at the same time but which will be paid
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  • Fantastic, the Church is an imposing work externally and a phenomenal wealth in your interiors, his sculptures are works of art.
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  • Association of Santo Domingo (Temple of the qorikancha = Sun) Qorikancha Qori seems to represent the "domicile" Kancha is "Golden". On top of breaking the top Spain who take away everything you want from the temple was filled with gold and the remaining is built the Church of turrigueres style. That strain when then, Cuzco in the earthquake, the Church tragically come tumbling down, but only the foundation stones, and one not.
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