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The Qorikancha (in Quechua, Quri Kancha, Golden Temple), originally Inti Kancha, Temple of the Sun, is located in Cusco, a few meters from the Plaza de Armas.
This marvelous temple is considered one of the Inca empire’s most sacred and imposing constructions. It was one of the most revered and respected temples in the City.
It did call The Golden Enclosure since there were spaces dedicated to worshiping deities such as The Moon and The Sun; This last one was the maximum Inca god called INTI. It was to enter the temple fasting, barefoot, and with a load on the back as a sign of humility, as indicated by the elder priest Wilqa Umo.
What represented these deities in fine gold and silver sculptures? The conquerors sacked these. Because the walls did cover with solid gold and many ornaments and jewels were made in this material, it took several weeks to melt all the gold to send to Spain.
In the Qorikancha, you can see samples representing the chronological evolution of civilization in Cusco. It exhibits fragments and ceramics of the Inca period and examples of metallurgy, textiles, painting, sculpture, and musical instruments.
You can also see a model representing what may have been the Qorikancha in its origins. Replicas of the objects found in the excavations made in the place, ceramics, and lytic pieces of the pre-Inca and Inca periods were observed. Finally, it has five rooms where it didactically explains the ancestors’ history.
On the Qorikancha, the Spanish conquistadors, the Convent of Santo Domingo, can be visited today.