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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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Great fusion between different cultures

We did not have a guide, but I had read about this interesting Gothic-Renaissance style cathedral and its history so I was very excited to see all the amazing gold and silver... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We did not have a guide, but I had read about this interesting Gothic-Renaissance style cathedral and its history so I was very excited to see all the amazing gold and silver plasted items and the fantastic mixture of indigenous (Inca) and European (Spin) art. It is worth the visit!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I had a great guide for my visit. There are great artifacts in this site. I got to hear some great history and gives you great insight on the role of the church in Peruvian life back then. Unfortunately you can take pictures but it was time well spent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

worth visiting to see the very interesting mixture of Christian and indigenous art and sculpture. The painting of the last supper including local delicacies is fascinating!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It is a very historic place with paintings and sculptures. There is lots of gold and silver plated items that makes you view going to different places at the same time without knowing where to look first. It is worth the visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Superb workmanship and beautiful building combine to make this a "must see" in Cusco. In the main square, so very convenient.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Definitely an over-the -top style Cathedral dripping with gold and silver. Worth going in to see the Last Supper painting and the Lord of the Earthquakes statue. There are a few English signs to point things out. Unfortunately, no photos can be taken, even without flash and postcards are only sold in packs of 10.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Our Peruvian National Geographic Guide shared with us the history and "hidden" meaning of many of the statues and paintings in this magnificent cathedral. Without his expert guidance and explanations, we never would have realized the "rest of the story"! Amazing history and beautiful art work.

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

One of the best in South America for sure, dont miss it. There is an audio guide (included in the ticket) it works well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

More interesting than the cathedral in Lima. Absolutely beautiful and full of history. The silver in the altars is impressive. One side altar has about 350 lbs of silver in a moveable float. Look for the very Cusco Last Supper portrait. Mass here is an experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A very impressive cathedral which is comparable to many European cathedral. One wonders what could have been achieved in Peru if the wealth that went into this magnificent cathedral had gone into infrastructure for the local people over the years (better education and hospital facilities for example). Notwithstanding it is still worth a visit.

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