The San Juan Church is located in Pune Park, near the main square. More than
200 years ago was a simple chapel of the natives, built of adobe. Inside the
altar is the venerated image of Our Lady of Candelaria, patron of Puno, whose
feast is celebrated every February 2nd with native dances, folklor festival
costumes and songs.
It was always a place of prayer for suffering people, whether miners exploited,
abused indigenous, poor and marginalized people. The Image of the Virgen de la
Candelaria is venerated from the year 1580. it is said that Virgen de la
Candelaria performed miraculous appearances to protect miners exploited of
Lacaycota beside eliminating ants, snakes and toads sent by the devil to destroy
the capital of the highlands.
The church has a facade of French Gothic style, with three beautiful Gothic
altars and religious paintings inside.