The church of Santo Domingo (built on the foundation of Quri kancha Temple)
Quri kancha translates from Quechua to "Golden courtyard". The site was originally named Inti Kancha (Temple of the Sun) and is said to have been one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire. Early Spanish reports claim that its floors and walls were covered in sheets of gold and the courtyard was lined with golden statues. The Spaniards demolished much of Quri Kancha in the 17th century and built the Dominican Priory and the Church of Santo Domingo upon its foundation.
In 1950 a strong earthquake destroyed much of Cuzco's colonial and republican architecture but left the sophisticated Inca architecture relatively unscathed. Collapsed colonial walls in the Dominican Priory and the Church of Santo Domingo revealed Inca walls which were long thought demolished. After the earthquake the local authorities were faced with a dilemma. Should they restore the colonial buildings and hide the Inca architecture, or clear the colonial debris and leave the Inca architecture exposed? The Dominican Priory and the Church of Santo Domingo chose the latter and as a result is perhaps the best example of Inca-Colonial architectural fusion.
Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús
Plaza de Armas
The Cathedral - built on the foundation of the Inca Palace of Viracocha which was demolished during conquest in order to make way for the Cathedral.