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Churches in Cusco
The majestic cathedral of Cusco is located in the Plaza de Armas was built on
Wiraqocha Quiswarqancha or palace with stones from the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
It is believed that the church began the year of 1.560 and finished almost a
hundred years later. The interior was renovated in the year 2000, is baroque and
Renaissance can be seen there over 400 stunning colonial paintings, most of them
belonging to the Cusco School. Preserves works of Cusco painters Diego Quispe
Tito, Basilio Santa Cruz, and Marcos Antonio Zapata Sinchiroca. There are also
very valuable specimens of gold and beautiful altarpieces.
The cathedral is surrounded by two chapels: the Chapel of Triumph, built on the
former palace of Viracocha or Quishuarcancha, and the chapel Sunturwasi, former
home of emblems and weapons.
Compañía de Jesús Church
On one side of the Plaza de Armas and the Amaruqancha or palace of Huayna Capac,
this temple was begun at 1.571. It is one of the best examples of colonial
The temple is shaped like a cross. It has a single nave arches set on six side
chapels that are home altars carved and gilded wood, under the dome are the
chapels underground labyrinths surrounded by secret resting place of famous
historical figures. Currently the Company of Jesus is taken up by the University
Auditorium and the Palace of Justice.
Convent of Santo Domingo
Based on the walls of the famous Inca temple or Qoriqancha Intiqancha is the
beautiful convent of Santo Domingo convent was built stone upon the most
important Inca temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun According to Spanish
chroniclers, was largely its compartments coated with gold leaf, in fact the
origin of its name implies: qori gold; qancha: place. The Qoriqancha has
underground galleries that remain a mystery to archaeologists, it is said that
the basement would be buried the bodies of the Incas Sairi Diego and Felipe
Tupac Amaru Tupac as well as the conquistador Juan Pizarro. It also retains
valuable paintings from the Cusco School.
La Merced Church
La Merced church dates from the sixteenth century. Their altars are richly
decorated. His custody is considered the most artistic and beautiful in the
country and the second largest in the world. Custody weighs 22 kilos, measures
1.3 meters tall and has embedded diamonds 1.805 and 615 precious stones like
rubies, topaz and emeralds. The paintings of the temple and monastery are a
collection of great value are the paintings around San Pedro de Nolasco and many
other great religious value.
San Blas Church
The church of San Blas is the oldest parish in Cusco, dates from 1563, was
founded by Mr. Polo Ondegardo and Bishop Juan Solano.
Speaking of San Blas is referring to his pulpit, which many experts, is the
piece of wood carved finest in the world, a single cedar log emerge, as if by
magic, angels, demons, saints, virgins and chimeras . It is believed that the
author of this impressive work of art was indigenous artist John Thomas
Tuyritupa, although other names are handled by other artists that might be the
managers of this unique work of art.