Astronomical observations in the Inca Temple of Coricancha (Cusco)? A critical review of the hypothesis

  title={Astronomical observations in the Inca Temple of Coricancha (Cusco)? A critical review of the hypothesis},
  author={Mariusz Zi{\'o}łkowski and Jacek Kościuk},
  journal={Teka Komisji Architektury, Urbanistyki i Studi{\'o}w Krajobrazowych},
Coricancha (Qurikancha, Qorikancha) was the most important temple in Cuzco, the capital of Tawantinsuyu, the Inca Empire. The Spanish Conquistadores had the opportunity to see her, and her legendary richness, in November 1533, after entering Cuzco. Coricancha was the place to worship the most sacred effigies of the Inca cult, including the figure of the Sun, called Punchao. From this early period, there are also references, unfortunately not very precise, related to a specific orientation of… 
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