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Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion

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Address: Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
Description: Dominating the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, this magnificent...
Dominating the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, this magnificent renaissance-style, 16th-century building is in the shape of a Latin cross and contains nearly 400 colonial paintings including the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata.
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You need to get inside!!!

This church is absolutely amazing they don't let you take pictures of the inside but it's worth every minute you go in there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This church is absolutely amazing they don't let you take pictures of the inside but it's worth every minute you go in there.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Gold everywhere! The church was beautiful, sure, but with such poverty all around it, how can teh church justify tying up so much wealth in ostentatious display? Kind of rubbed me up the wrong way.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful traditional cathedral, stunning silver alter. At night when it is lit up, on the outside you can clearly see all the intricate carvings. A gemm, don't miss it.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

WOW... Go inside and feast your eyes on some of the finest alters,carvings,frescos,paintings and wealth in gold and silver you will possibly see anywhere. Still is a working church today although built in 1600's

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Invermere, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The cathedral certainly dominates in more ways than one and is relatively plain compared with the Jesuit Church just across the road. However what is most interesting is to see the use made of native symbolism in many of the statues and paintings. These are far more dramatic than those in Lima and elsewhere and reflect the strong influence of... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We got to the Cathedral with very little time to spare before closing, but the ascending darkness helped glorify this absolutely gorgeous church. Individual Altars surround the main altar. In my opinion the most mesmerizing was the Black Christ homage. Gold and gold leaf are prevalent in all depictions. Wonderful- not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

huge cathedral with lots to see including a 6 ton silver altar and the Inca version of the painting known as the Last Supper. Lots of Inca influences can be seen in the adapted religious art that adorns the cathedral. no photography allowed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This Cathedral anchors the Plaza de Armas and is the center of attention in the square. Didn't go inside since they charge a fee and you can't take pictures, but a very impressive building on the outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Sitting in the plaza looking at he cathedral you can help but marvel at the church's massive size and grandeur. The church is the mother church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco. Next to the church is a smaller one and was the first Christian church to be built in Cosco. Inside you will find many pices of art and... More 

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Chestertown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

There are 3 facilities connect here to walk through. Some amazing carvings made centuries ago by local artisans. We were told a variety of interesting stories about how the artisans managed to weave Incan beliefs into the Catholic works. Possibly without the Spaniards realizing. Might need some explanation here - we did have a guide with us.

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