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This picture was taken inside and looking out into the courtyard of Museo Qoriconcha. Adjacent to the courtyard are a colonnaded passageways. The light thrown on the passageway has an intriquing luminosity against the exterior facade of the building.

Qoricancha and Santo Domingo together form perhaps the most vivid illustration in Cusco of Andean culture's collision with Western Europe. Like the Great Mosque in Cσrdoba, Spain -- where Christians dared to build a massive church within the perfect Muslim shrine -- the temple of one culture sits atop and encloses the other. The extraordinarily crafted Temple of the Sun was the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire and the apogee of the Incas' naturalistic belief system. Some 4,000 of the highest-ranking priests and their attendants were housed here. Dedicated to worship of the sun, it was apparently a glittering palace straight out of El Dorado legend: Qoricancha means "golden courtyard" in Quechua, and in addition to hundreds of gold panels lining its walls, there were life-size gold figures, solid-gold altars, and a huge golden sun disc. The sun disc reflected the sun and bathed the temple in light. During the summer solstice, the sun still shines directly into a niche where only the Inca chieftain was permitted to sit. Other temples and shrines existed for the worship of lesser natural gods: the moon, Venus, thunder, lightning, and rainbows. Qoricancha was the main astronomical observatory for the Incas.

Information taken from http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/central-and-south-america/peru/cuzco/attraction-detail.html?vid=1154654622473.

Nikon D200
2008/07/02 12:51:19.8
JPG (8-bit)converted from 12-bit RAW
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
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Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Center Weighted
1/160 sec - F/4.0
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
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AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe sRGB)
Tone Comp.: High Contrast
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: High
Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2008 Andre' Salvador
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: On

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