N. Sukumar, APSA  

Coricancha by N. Sukumar, APSA

June 2022 - Coricancha

About the Image(s)

Coricancha, located in Cusco, Peru, the capital of the Inca Empire, was the most important temple in the realm. It was destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, and its stonework was used as the foundation for the 17th century Santo Domingo Convent. Notice the massive stones of the Coricancha, fitted without any mortar whatsoever, and the Santo Domingo Convent atop it. Photographed on film in 1987.

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8 comments posted

Dr. Isaac Vaisman   Dr. Isaac Vaisman
(Group 4)
Indeed an unique and fascinating structure, and impressive how they were able to build it back then. The stones look very large and heavy. The rest of the building adds interest to the image. It is sharp   Posted: 06/11/2022 17:19:52

Shirley Bormann   Shirley Bormann
We too were so impressed that the Incans were able to build these buildings without any mortar and so exacting. I didn't see this Convent but the base looks very interesting and is sharp. I would have liked to have seen the complete building. Nice to submit the history of your entry as you always do.   Posted: 06/12/2022 23:16:13

Rich Krebs   Rich Krebs
Great shot of the puzzle that they put together after the destruction of the temple. Never been to Peru.   Posted: 06/16/2022 12:26:38
N. Sukumar   N. Sukumar
The foundation was not put together after the destruction of the temple. The foundation you see IS that of the original Inca temple.   Posted: 06/17/2022 11:37:40

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
(Group 1)
There is also a hotel in Cusco that is built on what was the Inca rulers palace and later the Spanish rulers house. The stonework is excellent and survived earthquakes when the Spanish additions did not. The stonework is best in the temples where the very best masons were selected for the work. A well done image clearly identifiable by anyone familiar with the story.   Posted: 06/20/2022 16:38:40

David Stout   David Stout
An image with very good lines of composition and an ideal example of old and modern architecture. Your camera skills show up well here - crisp, sharp focus with rich saturated colours. Sometime I hope to visit South America!   Posted: 06/22/2022 16:42:40

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Thanks for the history lesson. I don't remember seeing this us Cusco, but it was a long time ago. I'll have to check my slides! The rock work is amazing. Still today, rock walls can be built with no mortar, but it is a challenge and the rocks are not that big. A very nice image with great detail and tones.   Posted: 06/26/2022 11:41:58

Esther Steffens
When I was in Peru in 1999, I was impressed with all the walls that were built without using mortar. Cusco is a fascinating place. I went back in 2004. Your perspective makes this a very strong image. Well done!   Posted: 06/28/2022 00:47:21