Koricancha was the center of the Inca cosmos, the point from which 42 lines extend arrow-straight in all directions and sometimes for hundreds of miles out across the old Empire. Along these lines the Incas built hundreds of shrines. Koricancha is often called the Temple of the Sun, but that was just one of the buildings that makes up the complex.
It’s an unusual sight, with the Convent of Santo Domingo built on top of Inca stonemasonry, but inside entire walls and rooms remain intact. These chambers were revealed when an earthquake damaged the convent in 1953, but left the Inca walls unharmed. Authorities decided to rehabilitate the site, and visitors can now walk through several of the temple’s original chambers.