The Coricancha (Quechua: Quri Kancha, 'Golden Temple')?, Originally Inti Kancha ('Temple of the Sun ") is the Incan temple which was built on the Convent of Santo Domingo.
He was one of the most revered and respected temples in the city of Cusco, Peru.
The enclosure of gold, as was known, was a sacred place where the most revered and honored Inca God: the Inti (Sun), so that they could only enter fasting, barefooted and with a load on his back in a gesture of humility, as indicated by the high priest Willaq Umu (Vila Oma).
The front was a beautiful wall from the finest stone, decorated only by a continuous band of pure gold of a palm high, three feet above the ground, and a thatched roof fine and delicately cut.
Architecture overlapping of Coricancha, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the present day.
In one block of the second row are three holes that could be used to evacuate the rain water of the inner courtyard, or out of the beer that was offered as an offering. According to the experiments of Augustus Leon Barandiarán, if you hit into the holes you can hear the musical notes "re", "the" and "my."
The stones that make up the temple have a slight padding on the sides that express the sober aesthetics of building in the Inca Empire. Formerly there was no triangular atrium that serves as the entrance to the colonial church and the wall turned at right angles to the street Ahuacpinta (awaq Pinta), which still retains a section of original wall of nearly sixty feet long. On the opposite side of the street, the wall is curved to turn over 90 degrees, and continues with a gentle curve that was cut during construction of the temple. The crowning Qurikancha wall system platforms leading down to the river.
Coricancha before the 1950 earthquake that hit the Cusco.
Many books and historians say that this place was more hallowed or revered, because by building a temple or monastery of the Spanish, they put this as privileged place for the offerings.