Inca Version of Milky Way Constellations – Qorikancha

Inca Version of Milky Way Constellations, Qorikancha

Inca Version of Milky Way Constellations, Qorikancha

The stars in the sky were very important to the religion of the Inca. Like many other cultures, the Inca grouped the stars into constellations. They saw many animals and other things from their daily lives when they looked to the stars. Qorikancha has this large mural that depicted the various constellations as the Incans saw and named them.

Qorikancha – The Center of the Ceque System of the Incas

Qorikancha - The center of the Ceque System of the Incas

Qorikancha – The center of the Ceque System of the Incas

One interesting aspect of the Inca civilization is the Ceque System, a series of lines connecting shrines in a distinct physical pattern around the principal cities of the Inca world – here Qorikancha is at the center. The ceque system broke Cusco into four sections, corresponding to the four royal roads (and four political divisions) of the Inca. Shrines were connected by the ceques, so that as you journeyed along the line, you would visit the shrines in order.

Cusco Qorikancha

Cusco Qorikancha

Cusco Qorikancha

Qorikancha was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples of the capital city of Cusco. The Spanish colonists built the Church of Santo Domingo on the site, demolishing the temple and using its foundations for the cathedral.