Cusco - The city of the Incas

Machu Picchu is by far the best known destination in Peru but for some people it may come as a surprise that Machu Picchu was not the most important city for the Incas. The most important city for the Incas was by far Cusco (also written as Cuzco or Qosqo in Quechuea). It was here that all governmental power, religious leaders and astrologers where based and it was from here that the huge empire was being organized. The most important buildings in Cusco were the 14 Inca Palaces on what is now the Plaza de Armas and the site of Coricancha at what is nowadays called Sol Avenue. From the Inca Palaces one can only see small parts of the foundations as the palaces were destroyed by the Spanish and the materials used to build the churches and cathedral in Cusco. Coricancha (also written as Qoricancha, meaning the temple of the Sun in Qechua) also was demolished for a large part to get the gold out of the temples and the Spaniards put a temple on top of the site to make it clear who was the ruling power now. Nowadays one can still admire one of the outside Inca walls of Coricancha as well as the original Inca chambers on the inside. As you can read here Cusco is a city with much history (it actually is the oldest still inhabited city in the Americas) and a destination not to be missed when traveling to Peru or Machu Picchu. Apart from amazing Inca and other archeological heritage the city is also known for its amazing hotels, gastronomy and nightlife. Find out more about Cusco and things to do by visiting:

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