CUZCO - The Capital

Coricancha Carving of Inti

The Incas called their empire "Tahuantinsuyu" (Land of the Four Quarters) and their capital was Cuzco located in modern day Peru.  Their offical language was called Quetchua by the Spanish, but the actual Inca word for their language was "runasimi" or "human speech".

Their greatest temple was "Coricancha" (House of the Sun).  It's walls and doorways were covered with gold, both inside and out.  One building within the complex contained a large statue of the sun, made with solid gold and embedded with precious jewels.  It dedicated to the Inca sun god, Inti.



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