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As center of the Tahuantinsuyo (Inca Empire), Korikancha or Qorikancha is one of the most important of Inca temples. Its ... More
As center of the Tahuantinsuyo (Inca Empire), Korikancha or Qorikancha is one of the most important of Inca temples. Its walls served as the foundation for the construction of the Santo Domingo . Originally a temple of the Killki culture, for sun worship, its walls of adobe and diorite rock were maintained until the 12th Century, when it fell into the hands of the Incas, who called it Korikancha, Temple of the Sun. Worship inside the temple was limited to members of the highest caste, who congregated here along the four ceques, imaginary spatial lines, of the Inca world, to pay tribute to the gods.
Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco (sometimes referred to as Cuzco) developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex
urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and ...
Plaza de Armas was known as Huacaypata (Warrior Square in quechua) in Inca times and is believed to have been
designed by Manco Cápac. A magnificent Cathedral and the Church of La Compañía flank it on two sides. The ...
The Dominicans were the first Catholic order to arrive in Cusco. They constructed this convent upon Koricancha ("Field of Gold"),
the most important Inca sanctuary that was dedicated to the cult of the Sun, and where they stored their ...