Temple of Koricancha Cusco

///Temple of Koricancha Cusco


It was one of the most famous, revered and respected temples of the city of Cuzco, in Peru.

Current ruins of the Temple of the Sun or Coricancha, preserved inside the temple of Santo Domingo.

The gold enclosure; As it was known, was a sacred place where worship was given to the maximum Inca god: the Inti (Sun), so that they could only enter fasting, barefoot and with a burden on the back in humility, as indicated by the priest Major Willaq Umu.

The frontis was a beautiful wall from the finest stonework, decorated only by a thin sheet of pure gold from a tall palm, ten feet from the ground, and a thin, delicately cut thatched roof.

In one of the blocks of the second row three holes can be seen that could be used to evacuate the rainwater from the inner courtyard, or as an outlet for the chicha offered as an offering. According to the experiments of Augusto León Barandiarán, if you hit inside the holes you can hear the musical notes “re”, “la” and “mi”.

The stones that make up the temple have a slight cushioning on the sides, which express the sober aesthetics of the construction in the Inca Empire. Formerly, there was no triangular atrium that serves as an entrance to the colonial temple, and the wall turned right at Ahuacpinta (Awaq Pinta), which still has a section of the original wall of almost sixty meters long. On the side opposite this street, the wall becomes curved by turning more than 90 degrees, and continues with a smooth curve that was cut during the construction of the temple. The wall of the Qurikancha crowned a system of platforms that descended to the river.