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Convento de Santo Domingo

Ahuacpinta 659-A, Cusco, Peru
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This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was later used as a base for the Church of Santo Domingo when the Spanish conquered the city.
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Ahuacpinta 659-A, Cusco, Peru
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Inca ruins are nothing spectacular here. The church is quite nice. There's a bit of information at the start to set the scene, and some art exhibitions upstairs

Thank mcladley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oorikancha (Koricancha) the Temple of the Sun was one of the holiest sites in Peru. It was destroyed by the Spanish in the 1530’s. The convent of Santo Domingo was built on its ruins. There are a lot of interesting things to see in both...More

Thank Ronald B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We initially went the the museum with our tourist pass and decided to go in after. We opted against having a tour guide and wandered around. It might have been interesting to have a tour guide to understand further the history of this building. It...More

Thank Wong L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Provides some good insight into Inca culture and later colonial Spanish culture in Peru. There's some very good information about Incan Pantheon and how they structured their empire that you will definitely keep in mind while visiting other places.

Thank Gengi5
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an important site in Cusco to visit as the Koricancha Temple in Incan times was related to the solstices and equinoxes and blends Spanish colonial culture with Incan masonry. Plus, the site is used for the all important and much anticipated celebration of...More

Thank greattripsrw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historic religious structure was well worth the 8 dollars admission. Many amazing religious paintings were on display (no photos), Beautiful Costumes, well manicured grounds and amazing sanctuary (can be viewed from above but not allowed to enter chapel at floor level.) It has and...More

Thank dbvtravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The convent is near the main Plaza, and very worthwhile to visit for its art and history. The Inka temples under the convent were destroyed by the Spanish in the late 1500s, but rediscovered and excavated after the last major earthquake. The architecture, engineering, and...More

Thank bud_phillips2001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Convento de Santo Domingo is built on the foundation of possibly the most sacred and important building in the entire Inca Empire, Korikancha. It was the name given to the Inca Temple of the Sun. When the Spanish conquistadores arrived in Cusco, the temple was...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church has had a lot of trauma in its time, the base has some precision Inca stonework which was left after the Spaniards had destroyed and rebuilt a lot of it and an earthquake devastated a lot of it, all at different times of...More

Thank MitchMitch52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice experience of Spanish construction on Inka palace foundation. Great history and interesting folklore.

Thank Jose T
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Melissa N
6 March 2017|
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Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
As you are not allowed to wander around the Convent on your own, you are taken around the building by an 'in-house' guide anyway. Our was fine and did a good job of highlighting all the points of interest.
28 August 2015|
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Response from bonzelle1 | Reviewed this property |
i don't know what time it is open but i loved seeing it from the inside. i didn't have a guide but still enjoyed it. there are signs on the walls that you can read. you can also get a guide inside if you wish. i loved the... More