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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 a very interesting site but in order to get the most from your visit you definitely need a knowledgeable guide.  more »
  • We received a fabulous & highly informative tour round the convent. It's very well maintaind with lots of interesting paintings, carvings and a lovely courtyard,definitely worth the visit!  more »
  • Judging by the picture-taking frenzy taking place around me, one would think people have never seen thousands of old bones carefully arranged in shapes, patterns, or piles before. Instead, there are t...  more »