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On a walk through the streets of Cusco, the great walls and palaces built by the Incas exhibit the colossal architecture of the capital city of Tahuantinsuyo. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, they used the Inca stone structures as foundations for the churches, convents, and stately homes they built. This symbiosis forms part of the unique character of the city, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

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Since Spanish took over the Inca capital of Cusco, they took down all Inca constructions and built their palaces and churches on top of Inca foundations and remaining of walls. One of the best view points of Cusco city is from San Cristobal church which was constructed on top of Inca Manco Ccapac’s palace. You will the then continue down to San Blas, former Inca neighborhood named Toqocachi, since spanish days a picturesque colonial neighborhood with a church dating from 1544 and boasting a finely carved pulpit. Afterwards, you will head to the temple of the sun (Qoricancha), the first temple dedicated to the sun, built when they settled in Cusco, inside the temple, many other smaller stone temples were built dedicated to other deities such as the moon, the rainbow, etc. Finally, you will visit the Basilica Cathedral of our lady of Assumption. The construction began in 1559, the building work was supervised by Spanish priests and architects, until its completion in 1654

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