Koricancha is a prime example of how the Inca and Hispanic cultures merged. The church and convent of Santo Domingo were built upon the ruins of the ancient Peruvian "Templo del Sol" (Temple of the Sun), and are a symbol of western dominance.
The site is a living example of the indigenous past living in harmony with European architecture.
The temple was built using finely carved stones. Inside, the walls of the various chambers are covered by gold and silver leaf. The incredible size of the stones in the Inca walls, three of which have over 30 corners, is sure to capture the attention of visitors. Another highlight is a block that has 24 corners and 6 sides. The great Inca turret dominates the site and highlights one of the ceremonial alcoves with holes in low relief, which was linked to the winter solstice. In the lower part of the temple, there are fountains and gardens where conquered tribes arrived to deliver their offerings.
The inner sanctum of the temple was reserved for the highest authorities of the age, and it attracted people from communities all over the Empire who wanted to worship and pay tribute to the Tahuantinsuyo gods.
Location: just a few metres from the centre of Cuzco.
Average temperature: between November and March, the average temperature is 12°C (54°F), between April and October, with cold nights and sunny days, the average temperature is 9°C (48°F).
Season: Cuzco has two well-defined seasons: a rainy season, between November and March, and a dry season (the best time to visit) between April and October, with cold nights and sunny days.
Tickets: adults: 10 Soles, students: 5 Soles.