This Cuzco corner presents a notable juxtaposition between ancient Inca and Spanish-colonial architecture. Since the Incas worshipped their sun-god, Inti, above all others, this temple in their imperial capital was the most important of the entire realm. It was here they brought the idols of all peoples they assimilated, to offer them representation as they demanded allegiance in Cuzco. When the Spanish came, they tore down much of the temple and built a monastery on top of it. However, the walls that do remain are stunning pre-Hispanic examples, particularly the rounded outer wall that can be seen from Avenida del Sol.
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