Qorikancha


In ancient days, it would have been as if Inti, the Inca sun god, had stepped inside the temple and ran his hands over the panels and altars, turning everything a brilliant, solid gold. Here lived thousands of priests among gold statues, looking to the sky and numbering the stars. Qorikancha means “Golden Courtyard” in Quechua, perhaps a name never more fitting. A large gold disk represented their god. When the Spaniards came, they took all the gold and used the remainder of the temple as a foundation for the Convent of Santo Domingo. Still, there remains evidence of the fine Incan stonework, especially in the cloister, where most of the wall has been removed to reveal four chambers of the temple. If you come during the summer solstice, you’ll get to see the light strike the alcove where the Inca chief once sat in his throne. And from outside the church, you can view an ancient wall at the west end which has stood the test of violent earthquakes.
There are remains of other temples within Quorikancha as well: the temples of the moon and Venus on the west side of the courtyard, once covered in solid silver, and the temples of lightning and rainbows on the east side of the courtyard. The Solar Garden is where gold offerings were made as crowds watched from upon terraces.

Qorikancha


Address:

Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Phone: +51 84 249176

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S/.10.00 or S/. 130 ($47) for Cusco Tourist Ticket (access to all sites around Cusco, one-time access to each site, valid for 10 days)

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Guided Tour Information

With your entrance fee, you get an audio tour explaining the discrepancies between the Inca and colonial architecture and cultural information about Qorkancha’s many temples.

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What’s nearby? 

Restaurants:

Incanto, on the eastern corner of the Plaza de Armas, combines Italian and Peruvian style. It offers classic pizza and pasta dishes along with Andean like quinoa, alpaca, and olluquito. Another high-end restaurant with a fusion of food is Limo, which combines Peruvian and Japanese in a sleek, modern style. If you’re looking for something more strictly Peruvian and in the mid-price range, try Kusikuy, its house speciality “cuy al horno” (baked guinea pig) .

Other attractions:

Being the historical heart of Cusco, the Plaza de Armas is surrounded by significant buildings of both Incan and Spanish origin, including Cusco Cathedral, the church El Triunfo, and La Iglesia De La Compania De Jesus, or just take some time to relax beside the plaza’s fountain. The fountain bears a statue of Pachacuti, a ruler in Cusco who went on to become emperor of the Inca Empire and expand dominion far into western South America.

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Interested in touring Peru and visiting Qorikancha? We offer four different tours that explore this region.

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Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley – 9 Days      Best of Peru Tour – 15 Days      Explore South America – 30 Days      Best of South America – 21 Days      Best of South America: Peru, Argentina, Chile, & Ecuador – 25 Days  

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Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru

Qorikancha

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