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QASANA

Group of Building which south east side reach the Wacaypata (today Plaza de Armas), it was the palace of the Inka Pachacutec and residence of the elite Iñapa Panaka Ayllu.

It was handed to Francisco Pizarro during the first distribution of palaces and cult houses.

>> MEANING OF THE WORD: The word Qasana mean "Icy Place" or "where the frost falls".

>> LOCATION: It was located where nowadays we know as Portal de Panes, and once inside you could have been able to find your way to the School Neighbourhood. The palace went along the Saphy river and one of the sides was connected to the palace of Qoraqora.

 QORAQORA 

This palace was built under the order of Inca Roca and was the residence of the ayllu Raurau, during the distribution of territories Gonzalo Pizarro took this palace under his possesion.

>> MEANING OF THE WORD: Qoraqora means Herb Field or Place with abundant plants.

>> LOCATION: Located at the north-west side of  Qasana, originally these were two connected residences, nowadays they are separated by the Procuradores St. It is located in what we know now as Portal de Harinas, The east side of the palace was connected to Suecia street.

Insides of an Inka Palace

 KISWAR KANCHA 

It had many inside buildings, it belonged to the inka Wiracocha and had a particular rectangule shape, it was also the residence of  Sujsu Ayllu. When the Spanish took possesion of the palaces this one was givent to  Alonzo de Meza.

>> MEANING OF THE NAME: kiswar means: native bush; pretty much like the Alamo, the whole name is translated as Kisware's place.

>> LOCATION: It is located on the north-east side of the Wacaypata ( Plaza de Armas), exactly where the Cathedral  and the Sacred Family Temple are located.

 SUNTUR WASI  

On the Inka times it was considered the House of the Weapons and Troffees, It had a cilindric shape and had several floors. When the Spanish arrived, Pizarro ordered that this temple was ment to be the first Spanish Catholic Church in Cusco.

>> MEANING OF THE WORD: This word means house of the Condor.

>> LOCATION:  It was part of the Kiswar Cancha, on the south side, this area is now occupied by the Triunfo Church.

 HATUN KANCHA  

It was built under the orders of  Inca Yupanqui, that's where his Panaca lived.

>> MEANING OF THE WORD: It means great Fence.

>> LOCATION: It used to be located on what we know now as Triunfo, Santa Catalina and Herrajes streets.

 AJLLA WASI  

On Inka Times there was this huge house where they use to host the chosen virgins, this house had only cult and religious purposes. When the Spanish arrived this place was given to Francisco Mejía, Pedro de Barco, and to some other spaniards. Afterwards the Ajlla Wasi was converted on a Convent mostly known as  Convento de Santa Catalina.

>> MEANING OF THE WORD: It means House of the Chosen Women

>> LOCATION: It was located between the streets Santa Catalina, Arequipa and Loreto. The west side of the temple was connected to the Waqaypata and the east side to the Maruri Street.

 AMARU KANCHA 

This was an enormous group of buildings built under the order pof  Wayna Qapaj,  it was also the residence of Tumipampa Ayllu. Once the spanish invaded Cusco this temples were given to Hernando Pizarro, Manzo Sierra de Leguizamo, Antonio Altamirano and Alonzo Mazuela. Afterwards it was occupied by the Jesuits who built the actual Church of La Compañia de Jesus.

>> MEANING OF THE WORD: Amaru means: Snake and Kancha means: field.

>> LOCATION: Located between the Loreto streets and Sol Avenue, its west side was connected to the Waqaypata and the east side was connected to the Afligidos Street.

  QORICANCHA  

This was the most important temple all over Cusco, it was dedicated to the cult of their God Sun (Inti),and also to the cult of some minor Gods. Nowadays the Convent of Santo Domingo is located over this Inka Temple.

>> MEANING OF THE WORD: It means golden House.

>> LOCATION: It is located on the Plazoleta of Santo Domingo.

 QOLLQANPATA  

It was a very important neighbourhood on Inka times, inside this palace there were some houses which are important for two particular reasons: The palace of the same name and the adoring Huaca or temple of Sapantiana. it is well known that this palace belonged to the Inka Manco Capac, this was the best located palace in Cusco. When the Spaniards arrived this place was given to Diego de Almagro and was handed afterwards to the Church of San Cristóba