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

Address: Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #9 of 121 Attractions in Cusco
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Dominating the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, this magnificent...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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North Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Buy the all inclusive attraction ticket and it will pay for itself within a few stops. This church has about 1000 pounds of gold and silver in its alter decorations. It also has a silver encrusted tractor that you have to look at hard to notice the driver seat. On some holiday they fire it up and drive it out... More 

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Lido Beach, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful cathedral this is, built from 1560-1650's, integrating some of the stones from the nearby Inca ruins of Saqsayhuaman (not sure that this notion sits well with me; irreparably undoing ancient history for the benefit of religion...) with its intricately designed, carved, painted, and gilded altar, as well as the altars of the two attached churches (Iglesia del... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The feel of being taken on a tour through the cathedral was one that they were trying to see how much money they could grab and how quickly they could rush another group through. It was overpriced and noisy inside due to the large number of concomitant tours being conducted. Give it a miss unless this particular cathedral holds important... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is one of the must see in Cusco. The Basilica is right in the middle of the city (Plaza de Armas) and has a rich history. There have audio tours in different languages. Careful with all the people trying to sale stuff to the tourist just at the entrance. No pictures allow (inside), but you can but a video... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This complex is stunning to see, and offers student discounts for entrance. Definitely worth a visit, especially given the Cathedral's history and grandeur. Plus, the entrance fee covers a free audio tour that is very well done.

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Quito
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Located in Plaza de Armas, this jewelry is also known as The Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin. Its mixture of renaissance, baroque and gothic architectures makes it one of a kind and a must see for all visitors. Best time to appreciated was during the celebration of New Year´s Eve as all visitors and locals gather together to... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I didn't make it inside but the outside alone makes it the most attractive piece of architecture in Cusco. It sets the tone for Centro Historic area of the city. There are services on Sunday and people walking around selling hand made souvenirs for tourist. It is a must visit if you are visiting Cusco. It is walking distance from... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I would recommend visiting this site on your own time... While the city tour brought us inside, and gave us some information... there was so much that we had to pass by to keep on our schedule. If you are truly interested in art and architecture, enter solo... if you just want a quick viewing and a few pics... then... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A Cusquenian artist painted the last supper - and the face of Judas is the face of Pizarro (who is the Spaniard that killed the last Incan Chief) Little local touch. The church is right on the Plaza- great area.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This church is definitely worth seeing with a guide. Otherwise you will miss many interesting details. Inside the cathedral are some examples of the Cusqueña school of painting, including a painting of Marcos Zapata of the Last Supper - check carefully - you will see the local specialty, cuy (guinea pig), as the main dish. The painting also depicts bottles... More 

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