Santo Domingo Church

The Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is located in the district, province and region of Cusco. The temple of Santo Domingo, is an important construction, because it is built on an Inca structure: the Coricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun, which shows it as one of the religious structures that were built with the intention of contributing to the extirpation of idolatries.


The present church has three naves and a construction platform in the form of a Greek Cross, the façade has Plateresque characteristics and the church tower is Baroque with a tendency to Churrigueresque.

Both the church and the Dominican convent were built on the structure of the Qoricancha (golden enclosure), the main Inca temple (dedicated to the cult of the sun) and whose interior walls, according to chroniclers, were covered with gold leaf.

Where is it?

The church and convent of Santo Domingo is located 700 meters from the Plaza de Armas in the city of Cusco.

How to get there?

The best option to get to the church and convent of Santo Domingo is on foot. From Cusco’s Main Square, just follow El Sol Avenue for a few blocks until you reach the Coricancha. The entrance to the church is on Ahuacpinta Avenue 659.

Price of the visit

The entrance ticket to the Coricancha as well as to the church and convent of Santo Domingo costs 15 Peruvian soles (about 5 US dollars, approximately).

Admission to the church is free during mass hours, which are usually Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Visiting hours

The Coricancha (church and convent of Santo Domingo) is open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Sundays, visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to noon.



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