The History of Archaelogical Complex of Qorikancha

Koricancha o Qoricancha is a quechuan word that means house of the sun. The Archaelogical Complex of Qorikancha used to have the name of Inti Kancha or Sun Palace.

Acording to chronicler Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Manco Capac and his family settledin this place. After some time theybuilt the most important temple of Inca Empire: Qorikancha and they made this place the main shrine of their god, the Sun. Another Inca, Pachacuteq, rebuilt, expanded and improved the place from year 1438.

Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, Qorikancha had walls three meters high decorated with gold. Also, in this place most objects and offeringsof gold and silver, as well as the finest fabrics remained. These itemswere eventually caught by the conquerors.

It is considered that Qorikancha was a representation of Navel of the World, in other words, the center of the world acording to andean worldview.

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