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by Shady Ady
Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
January 7, 2007
From journal Cusco City - On the Trail of the Incas
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
August 17, 2006
From journal Cusco - The Navel of the World
NY, New York
May 21, 2006
Life for the Incas changed when Pizarro entered Cusco with Spanish troops. Soon after the city was plundered of all its gold and wealth. The decorated mummies and idols were taken by the Spanish as spoils of war and they melted down many of the pieces for the gold and silver content. The coming of the Spanish brought a new god and the religion of Christianity to this region as well. Many of the images of Incan gods were destroyed because of this.
In 1534, the site of Koricancha was given to the Dominican order. They kept the foundation of Koricancha and used some of the rocks from Koricancha to make the convent of Santo Domingo. Inside the grounds you can still see the strong construction of the old Inca walls and portals. Walking through the convent you can see the remains of an altar from the Inca temple.
The convent of Santo Domingo was completed in 1633. Inside the convent you will see several chapels with some sculptures and paintings. There are sculptures of Saint Dominic and painting of the Virgin of the Rosaries. The outside courtyard is very beautiful and impressive. In the middle of it is a stone rectangular tank coming from an Incan temple. The walls of the convent surrounding the main yard have paintings about the life of Saint Dominic. The people in the paintings have Spanish styled clothing.
One final interesting fact is that the earthquake of 1650 affected the convent of Santo Domingo while leaving the foundations and the remaining Incan walls intact. The rebuilding of Santo Domingo took about 30 years. This showcases the tremendous building skills of the Incan.
Various tours of Cusco stop at this site. It is also a short hike from Cusco’s center if you want to go on your own. The tourist ticket does not cover this site and you have to pay 5-6 sols to get in.
From journal Cusco: Breathtaking in More Ways than One Part 2
New York, New York
April 27, 2005
From journal What's a Trip to Peru Without Machu Picchu?