The spaniards destroyed an Inca temple and built a cathedral on the temples foundations. Later, an earthquake completely destroyed the Spanish-made cathedral but left the foundations of the temple intact.

Coricancha, the Incas’ temple of the sun: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 3

The thin air and harsh, rocky slopes of the Peruvian Andes wouldn’t seem to be a likely locale for the capital of an extensive pre-Columbus empire. Any community seeking to thrive under these conditions would need to be equipped with tremendous ambition – and no small amount of political and mechanical ingenuity.

Luckily for the Incas, they had these in abundance, and were able to tame the harsh landscapes to create the largest empire in South America before the arrival of the Europeans, using a blend of religious belief, political will and clever design. Nowhere is this more evident than at Coricancha – the temple of the sun – which they built as the crown jewel of their capital city of Cusco, and the centrepiece of an empire that revo… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

11 thoughts on “The spaniards destroyed an Inca temple and built a cathedral on the temples foundations. Later, an earthquake completely destroyed the Spanish-made cathedral but left the foundations of the temple intact.”

  1. bottleboy8

    It’s a Catholic church now. I’ve been in that church. They don’t let you take pictures of the inside. I wish they did because there is a giant painting of the last supper. Instead of eating fish, everyone is eating a guinea pig.

    Catholics eat fish on Fridays. But there aren’t many fish in that area of Peru. So the church said guinea pig was close enough.

  2. Thravous

    Form what I remember, there was also a city on Chile that had a problem with people stealing “Incas building stones” because they were so good for… Well building.

  3. Zeldahero

    They angered the Inca gods.

  4. cramduck

    It’s much harder to knock down a foundation. They are usually mostly down to start with.

  5. WhiteRussian54

    I am reminded of the Catedral de Santiago in Antigua, Guatemala. The cathedral was destroyed in the earthquake of 1771, only partially rebuilt. Back in the ’90s one could go to the ruins and observe Mayan worship ceremonies taking place.

  6. SmokeyGreenEyes

    Mother Nature giving some cosmic karma…

  7. cote112

    Likely not Incan but the earlier megalith builders. Incan building technology wasn’t earthquake proof but the civilization before them was since they likely dealt with earthquakes for thousands of years.

  8. AstroZombie138

    I stayed in a hotel across the street from this place. Its pretty amazing and still in use today.

  9. DylanVincent

    In Cusco there are many churches built on Inca ruins. It’s pretty fascinating to see up close. Beautiful city.

  10. Havoc098

    Lol I read this as Spaniels and had a very confused image at first

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