Qorikancha

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Alright, the Qorikancha was so awesome that it still merits its own post so that I can share a few more photos. But first, a note on the spelling of this site’s name. It can be tough to figure out the “accurate” spelling of many of the sites in this region, as it seems that everywhere you look there’s a slight variation on the spelling, even if you’re looking at things that you’d expect to be consistent like maps picked up in Cusco. This seems like a wider variety of spellings than can be explained by what language is used to refer to the site. Instead, it seems like various phonetic interpretations of how it would be spelled, each perpetuated by the web and social media to the point where they’re all commonly used. Here are a few of the spellings I’ve seen for the Qorikancha:

  • Qorikancha – How the site actually spells its own name
  • Quoricancha – TripAdvisor, Flickr, local businesses
  • Koricancha – Tourist map, Brittanica, local businesses
  • Qoricancha – Tourist maps, Frommers, TripAdvisor
  • Qurikancha – Wikipedia, TripAdvisor, Flickr
  • Coricancha – Wikipedia, TripAdvisor (hispanicized spelling)

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Ok, on to the actual visit. We arrived at the Qorikancha after having visited several other small museums and churches that day, so I was feeling a bit tired and just expected more of the same when we arrived. In fact, I’d even put my camera away (a bigger ordeal than normal what with our rainproofing gear), thinking I’d just take a couple of photos with my phone if I saw anything interesting. However, after taking a brief rest stop on a bench in their beautiful courtyard, I changed my mind and took my camera back out. Corwin was not surprised.

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I even got some detail shots of the gorgeous moss growing between the stones in the courtyard.

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It was fascinating to see Inca ruins from the original temple juxtaposed with the architecture of the Temple of St. Dominic that was built on the same grounds.

This is the photo from up where I pointed out the guy with the camera earlier.

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Exploring upstairs, I enjoyed the ceiling and doorway details and a couple of beautiful paintings by Miguel Araoz Cartagena that depict the Milky Way in Inca astronomy and the seques (lines) connecting the Qorikancha with the various sacred places in Cusco.

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And finally, the gardens were my favorite part of the Qorikancha. A perk of visiting Peru during rainy season is the vibrant green post-rain glow of all of the gardens and landscapes.

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