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Convento de Santo Domingo

Ahuacpinta 659-A, Cusco, Peru
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This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was later used as a base for the Church of Santo Domingo when the Spanish conquered the city.
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Ahuacpinta 659-A, Cusco, Peru
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The interplay between the Incas and the Spanish is a major theme in Cusco (and Peru) history. We didn't think all that much of the Christian parts of the building, although they will have appeal to some. It is the Incan stonework and flooring that...More

Thank jxx9595
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great place to compare the Inka and Spanish architecture, both of which are evident in this fascinating building which is an easy walk from the Plaza des Armes.

Thank Linda P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Even though it is a bit off the track in Cuzco, the place is definitely a great place to visit and witness the history and the genius of the Incas. I advise you to visit the place early morning to avoid the crowds. If you...More

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible examples of Inka temple stonework, better that Machu Picchu in many cases. Spanish plaster that was overlaid fell off in many areas but Inka craftsmanship never fails. Beautiful gardens. Walkable from Plaza Armas in the historic district.

Thank kalamakid
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very interesting site but in order to get the most from your visit you definitely need a knowledgeable guide.

Thank mystic100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We received a fabulous & highly informative tour round the convent. It's very well maintaind with lots of interesting paintings, carvings and a lovely courtyard,definitely worth the visit!

Thank Jen R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Judging by the picture-taking frenzy taking place around me, one would think people have never seen thousands of old bones carefully arranged in shapes, patterns, or piles before. Instead, there are two things you really should see at the Convento, and neither is bones. The...More

Thank MusicManPaul
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a walking tour of Cusco with our G Adventures guide and he brought us here and he told us the significance and history of this place. I got some good shots and we walked around the area. It was very fascinating.

Thank Alissa D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place 25 years ago. Brought my kids and the place was still being shown with "catacumbs". Not really. No reason to go there at all until they open again the underground catacumbs

Thank Tonino-foody
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful church and monastary tell an interesting story of the merger of two cultures, albeit a merger imposed on the Incas by the Spanish. Definitely a worthwhile 60-90 minute visit while in Cusco.

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Melissa N
How do you find a guide for the Santo Domingo Convent? Thanks!
6 March 2017|
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Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
As you are not allowed to wander around the Convent on your own, you are taken around the building by an 'in-house' guide anyway. Our was fine and did a good job of highlighting all the points of interest.
Can someone who has actually been there around Santo Domingo church/ qorikancha on Sunday tell me whether they're open on sunday morning at all, and if so what time? I get totally conflicting information from my net search and guidebook, with some saying they're open as usual, some saying they're open from 2 pm etc. My current schedule only allows me to be in Cusco till noon on Sunday, so if it won't be open till 2 pm i probably have to reschedule my flight, although that means i will have to skip Lima, which i'd like to avoid if possible. Thanks in advance!
27 August 2015|
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Response from bonzelle1 | Reviewed this property |
i don't know what time it is open but i loved seeing it from the inside. i didn't have a guide but still enjoyed it. there are signs on the walls that you can read. you can also get a guide inside if you wish. i loved the... More