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Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
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Reviewed 3 February 2024

The "Temple of the Sun" museum has clever marketers who have named it so. You might get excited, thinking you're about to experience the ancient Inca culture in full swing, almost like a counterpart to Machu Picchu, especially if you're a fan of Tintin's thrilling story with the same name.

The reality is a bit less thrilling. Yes, there used to be an old Inca temple here. Yes, some square gray-brown stones from that time are preserved. And yes, there are a few other artifacts from Inca culture.

But the remaining 90% of the museum, the church, and the accompanying garden are all about the Catholic Spaniards, portrayed as devout individuals - not the greedy, bloodthirsty criminals they were. As they say, winners truly write history.

There's an amusing, Madame Tussaud-like church installation on the first floor with clergy in full figure surrounded by more contemporary interpretations of the Bible. In my opinion, this is the museum's biggest highlight in the so-called Temple of the Sun.

Date of experience: February 2024
Thank Christian M
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Reviewed 29 January 2024 via mobile

Walk around and see quite a few original Inca architecture. They have an example set up to show you the various types of stones they used and how they actually got them together.

Date of experience: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

If it is about knowing the Inca culture, you should go to this place, I really liked it because you learn about the origin of the empire and how Cusco was before and after the conquest

Date of experience: October 2023
Thank Maud G
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

This beautiful temple was the center of Cusco made from indigenous rocks has survived 3 different mayor earthquakes and the Santo Doming church was built on the foundations still preserving part fo its indigenous beauty.

Date of experience: November 2023
Thank Claudia H
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Reviewed 19 November 2023 via mobile

The pre-Columbian Qorikancha site was conveniently just around the corner from my Cusco accommodation at the Unaytambo. What remains of the Incas’ “Temple of the Sun” however are only fragments and ruins of the original structure, thanks to the Spanish conquerors who built their Santo Domingo Cathedral on top of it! The guide pointed out the most interesting feature of the original temple’s surviving stonework, the Inca architects had built the doorways and windows in such a way to create a perfect trapezoid form.

Date of experience: July 2023
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