The Qorikancha Temple ("gold enclosure" in the Qechua language) is the main Inca temple in Cusco City, once used in worship of the Sun god or Inti. It is a masterpiece of Inca architecture, with built-in blocks of carved granite and smelted gold in the junctures between the stone blocks. Inside the temple, there once existed a garden in which trees, birds, and animals were represented in gold.
This Online Experience will allow you to witness this magnificent structure in real-time and get to know more about the Inca civilisation and its various achievements that were obscured by history. We will start our tour from the main gate of the Temple. Once inside, I will show you the room of Stars, Moon, and Milky Way with its rich paintings. As we look around, we will talk about Inca astronomy and the logic behind using stones to tell the sun's direction. I will also tell you about the unique architectural techniques that were put to use in the constructions from pre-Inca times until the arrival of the Spanish.
The Spanish built a church and Dominican convent on top of the original structure of the temple around the year 1534. These collapsed during the earthquake of 1650, and were rebuilt around 1681. The convent possesses an art gallery of valuable seventeenth and eighteenth-century canvasses that we will also admire. Finally, we will come out and see what the Royal Garden of the Incas looks like in the present day. This is where we will end our tour and say our goodbyes.