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On the morning of our first full day of being in Cusco, we went for a walking tour of the area with Roni, our Friendly Planet host. We toured by the various landmarks in historic Cusco and returned the next day on our own to explore the colonial Santo Domingo Church and Convent and Coricancha (Quri Kancha in the Quechua language meaning Golden Courtyard) located at Plaza Intipampa, corner of Avenida El Sol and Calle Santo Domingo. Coricancha was once the richest temple in the Inca empire with gold-plated walls inlaid with precious stones; all that remains is the fine Inca stonework.
The Santo Domingo Church and Convent was built in the 17th century on the foundations of the Coricancha. Below, Santo Domingo Church with the Temple of the Sun visible on the right. This curved 6 metre high wall has withstood all the violent earthquakes that have shook and leveled most of Cusco’s colonial buildings in the past..
A decorated cross outside the side entrance to the Santo Domingo Church and Convent.
Entered the Coricancha courtyard. Large paintings lined the walls of this courtyard and filled a gallery located at the back of this courtyard.
Toured the beautiful grounds and gardens. Beautiful view of Cusco from the south end of Coricancha.
Day 7 & 8 - Friendly Planet - Amazing Peru Tour