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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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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We bought the 25 s pp tickets, and THEN learned that no photos were allowed, and they had run out of audio tours in English. Since few of the signs are in English, we didn't get much from the experience.

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a monument of enforced christianity over one civilization that they extinct. You are going to Cusco to see archeological sites from Inca and pre-Inka era, not to visit replicas of Spanish churches. If you are not of their flock and if you not going there to receive Holly Sacraments, you can skip this site with no regret.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

If you can, go to one of the mass, there is 3 or 4 everyday. That way you can not only see the church in use (and what the price is saying, is nice if you are religious or just like anthropological observation experiences), but also can escape to pay the entrance. You don't need to stay for the entire... More

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SANTOS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The peruvians learned extremely well how to create and craft the best frames covered with gold leaves that provided a unique pattern and real masterpieces.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Its an amazing and huge cathedral. Impressive details with a lot of gold. It must have costed a lot to build. As stated before, be sure you have a certified guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have seen so many colonial cathedrals around the world but this is sitting in the top 3. Must see place, be aware you can't take pictures, make sure you hire a guide as it has a lot of history and details to be discovered.

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Milton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have never seen so much gold leaf as I did in this cathedral! There are so many stations/alters to pray to different Saints. The murals are amazing as well. It is probably the only cathedral that you will see a guinea pig on the table on the mural of the last supper...

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Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Amazing building that goes on and on. Would not be appreciated without the wonderful story-telling of our guide. He focused not on the architecture but the culture and the duality that was brought about. Fascinating. A must-see WITH a qualified guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The various altars were very ornate. You have to see the Last Supper painting with Cuy on the plate in the middle of the table!

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Artesia, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Gold and Silver Altars were very nicely done! The paintings done by Quechan workers were comparable to the works of famous European Painters. Too bad they cannot sign their names to be properly recognized. The wood carvings are delicately done. A true masterpiece!

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