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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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Lovely example of Spanish influence

Incredibly ornate, the gem on the Plaza de Armas is worth touring for both architecture and art. A good introduction to the influence of the Spanish and Catholic church on Peru.

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

Incredibly ornate, the gem on the Plaza de Armas is worth touring for both architecture and art. A good introduction to the influence of the Spanish and Catholic church on Peru.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Nowhere did I see the terrible destruction of the Incan empire by the Spanish empire more clearly than in this cathedral with its sometimes subversive native produced art and its obvious display of plundered Incan ruins (stones of Saqsaywaman were used to build the cathedral.) The Spanish routinely built their cathedrals on he site of ancient Incan temples to display... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I have never seen so much gold leaf covering cedar wood . It must run into many thousands of kilos! There are three churches here combined into one as the years past by,it is spacious, well guarded and of course there is a fee to enter! The pope will visit this very Catholic country in July. I wonder what he... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The cathedral and its surroundings are very impressive. One can marvel at the construction and the enormous presence of gold and artwork imported from Spain. However, despite all these favorable impressions, one is reminded that the work was carried out be indigenous slaves who also had to provide the gold. Could leave a bit of a sour taste.

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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Went with the group. Lots to see ... beautiful church, but as usual shows how much money was spent for the church than for the people.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

So I thought went I toured this that it would just be a beautiful cathedral but there was so much history to it and it too combined peruvian beliefs with Catholocism. There was a black Christ of Tremors. It was very opulent but our guide told us that in the 1980's that the poor were allowed to stay here while... More 

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

One thing I wish I could have done when I visited the 2nd largest Cathedral in South America is to take pictures. But taking pictures or videos is strictly prohibited. Even during mass, the prohibitive signs are everywhere which was a letdown for me since I was hoping that I would be able to get pictures when I attended mass.... More 

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Helena, Montana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

this cathedral was built with the spoils of the Incas to crush their spirit and prove the superiority of Spanish colonialism. The most interesting part of the tour was that after 100 years of building (the Spanish weren't as efficient as the Incans) pacha mama (Mother Earth) had enough and it was completely destroyed by an earthquake. Alas is was... More 

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Gold Coast
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful historic cathedral to visit. Well worth the donation. Take a local guide to learn about the history. Disappointing to see tourists being disrespectful in this cathedral. I really think if you want to visit, do take the opportunity but respect the culture of others and don't ruin the experience of others that are there!! I'm not a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing sight, especially if your experience of cathedrals is limited to the Gothic austerity of the great European ones. This is an expression of faith written in very large letters, burnished with gold, and shouting "Alleluia!" So much to see, so much to learn. Look out for the side altar that doubles as a float in the... More 

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