Incan Temple of the Sun and the Spanish Conquistadors

Me at Coricancha

Me at Coricancha

Today my family and I went to the Incan Temple of the Sun in Cusco, Peru.  It was built because the Incan worshipped the sun.  The Temple of the Sun was destroyed by the spanish conquistadors in the 1500s.   The walls of the Temple of the Sun were once covered in gold.  The spanish took the gold from the Temple of the Sun on ships to Spain.  Then they destroyed the Temple and built a Catholic church in its place using the stones.  At the museum we saw Incan architecture, artifacts, and even mummies. The Incas used stones to build their temples.  Some of the stone was perfectly cut and rectangular, and some of it was shaped like a pentagon.  They cut their stone with stone chisels and hot and cold temperatures. At the museum I saw a stone weapon that was shaped like a flower, and another that was shaped like a tooth.  I also saw displays that showed that they grew some of the continent’s most common fruits like star fruit.  There were many artifacts on display. The Incan emperors were mummified and they were used in parades.  I saw some mummies at the museum! We also toured the church that was built over the temple.  We saw rooms that were part of the original Incan temple that the spanish built around.  The spanish covered them up, but 200 years later there was an earthquake and now you can see them again. The museum was interesting and a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget! IMG_8827.JPG IMG_8818.JPG IMG_8815.JPG

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5 thoughts on “Incan Temple of the Sun and the Spanish Conquistadors

  1. Great job Cat, I really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the pictures. Isn’t it sad the Spanish felt they had to destroy the Incas temple and replace it with their church and felt it was okay for them to steal the Incan gold. I can see wanting to share your beliefs with another culture, but not to dismiss and destroy theirs. Keep up the good work and I am counting the days till I see you. Love Grandma

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  2. Yes the Spanish were different. They only wanted to conqueror, and force their religion on all the people they encountered. They had no regard for the Incans beliefs and custom. When I was young I was fascinated by the
    Incan culture. I also thought the Aztecs were cool too, but maybe a little more blood thirsty. I am so glad you are getting to see these amazing places in South American. I am counting the days till I get to see you. Love Grandma

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