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

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tongeren, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This Catedral is very bombastic, lavishly decorated. A bit too much. You can not take it all in, it is just too much!

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Toronto
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I recommend a visit of this Cathedral. There is nothing else all around the world like it. It is a combination of the traditions and the art which came from Spain in a best ever way. It was many times in fire and ruins but survived to tell us a history. It is free for visit after 6 p.m. If... More

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful cathedral and, at times, I forgot I was in South America. the paintings, decoration, architecture, and layout all are reminiscent of European Cathedrals

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Toledo, Ohio
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This should be on your must see list.. No cameras. . I think 10 dollars to get in unless you go for mass which is daily. . Find a guide to explain all the hidden incan easter eggs

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This cathedral is beautiful, and definitely worth the visit. A free audio guide is provided upon entry, but ours had several kinks and did not work properly, so there were certain bits we would have liked more information for but could not get.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Cathedral, like the colonial society of Cusco, is a grand and busy mix of European Catholicism and Cusquena culture. Wonderful carved and gilded liturgical furnishings, huge Baroque arches, Gothic tracery in the vaults, and 16th century paintings everywhere.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I have visited many churches and cathedrals in the past, including St Paul in London and the cathedral of Seville. The cathedral of Cusco is special, very special ! What a pity that they do not allow photos or videos to be taken inside. The building is quite simply outstanding in its structure, decoration and history. It drips gold and... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The City Tour (Cathedral, Coricancha and four ruins outside of the city) can be skipped if you're planning to do the Sacred Valley tour. You'll see plenty of ruins in the Sacred Valley. However, a guided visit of both the Cathedral and Coricancha in Cusco are a must do. Despite the fact that I've seen enough cathedrals for two lifetimes... More

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is 3 cathedrals in one. A guide at the gate offered to take us around for 20 soles. We'll worth it. Highlights- paintings with Jesus and Mary with a large wad of coca leaves wadded in their cheeks. The last supper with the sacrificial lamb replaced with roasted Guinea pig (a Peruvian staple).

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

By now have to say that we were Cathedralled out but as our guide was so enthused it would have been churlish not to have followed her. The place is a combination of way over the top,incredible craftsmanship and terrible history,but if in the square it is worth a visit.

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