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

Built in the shadows of the Andes, Cusco’s golden temple was the centrepiece of an empire that revolutionised city planning in South America

After taking Cusco, the Spanish demolished the Coricancha temple and built a cathedral on its site, maintaining only the original stone foundations. Photograph: Efrain Padro/Alamy

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