Old and New Cusco


The Spanish tore down many Inca structures. The lower, rounded portion above was built by the Incas. The Spanish built a church on top of the Inca structure. An earthquake destroyed part of the church but didn't damage the Inca structure.


View from inside Inca building, looking at Spanish church courtyard.

 


In Inca hallway, looking at Spanish church.

 


It is amazing that the Incas built these walls about 800 years ago. They were built without the use of any kind of mortar.

 


The guide explained that the Spanish left some of the Inca structures alone and built a new church on top of the existing structure. Everything to the left of me was built by the Incas. Everything to my right was built by the Spanish about 400 years later.