Qenqo (Q’enqo)

In Quechua, Qenqo means labyrinth or
zig-zag and the temple is named for the twisted channel cut from its rock. Although it is clear that the channel carried some type of liquid, the investigators have been forced to guess its purpose and the liquid that it transported. The hypotheses range from taking holy water, chicha (corn beer) or blood. All three indicate that Qenqo was used for death rituals, possibly to embalm bodies or detect if a person lived a good life following the course followed by the liquid.

Qenqo is a unique temple in its construction as well, having been completely carved into a gigantic monolith. Stretched on a slope, the temple is carved into the rock and joins the tunnels made by man with natural chambers. One of these cameras has 19 small niches and is configured as an amphitheater. Once again, the purpose of the theater has been lost over time, but most agree that the area was used for some kind of sacrifice to the sun gods, the moon and the stars that were worshiped on the site.

From the information available, it seems that the Qenqo Temple was an extremely sacred site for the Incas. Their dead were judged and possibly embalmed in the winding tunnels of Qenqo, and sacrifices of blood were offered to the heavenly gods. Despite the likely spooky purpose of the temple, its tunnels and carved chambers are an amazing work of ancient architecture, and a trip to Qenqo will surely make the wheels of mystery within each visitor.

Qenqo Google Map

Koricancha es la muestra contundente de la fusión de las culturas Inca e hispana. En las bases de lo que fue el Templo del Sol de los antiguos peruanos, se construyó la iglesia y el convento de Santo Domingo. El templo es un símbolo de la imposición occidental. Una muestra viviente de la convivencia del pasado autóctono con la arquitectura europea.
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