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Cusco Cathedral

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #14 of 103 attractions in Cusco
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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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Rochester, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral of Santo Domingo (Cuzco Cathedral) was a large religious complex at the center of Cuzco. However, it is better known for its collection of Colonial arts, and for its stores of Peruvian archeological artifacts and relics. It is now a World heritage site in Cuzco. Interesting to note that most of the tourists came to see the painting... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

A very beautiful old building located right in the historical center of Cusco. One of the biggest cathedrals in Peru and one of the oldest. Totally worth a visit.

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Calgary
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful, interesting site. Takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Helpful to have a guide. Ornate. Interesting to see the way in which the church adapted to native tradition and culture.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful inside. Having a guide to tell you all the little things was very nice. Ornate and certainly a piece of Cusco history.

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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This gem of a place is full of history and it depicts the Spanish influence on the endemic peoples to convert then to Catholicism. The Mary Magdalene is depicted in a mountain shape to tie into the Peruvian idea of Mother Earth. The pictures and carvings clearly indicate an advanced understanding of the planets Then there are the massive elaborate... More

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Lima, Peru
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Plaza de Armas is a wonderful place to visit is the Historic Square of Cusco, lots of restaurants, bars, café, Icre Cream Parlos el HADA (the best), fast food, very nice to visit and the most important thing if you like history, please visit the Cathedral, make you day!! is wonderful, beautiful, lots of history, 3 churches in one...I had... More

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

the cathedral is nice on the outside. Right at the Plaza de Armas. Lots of people hang out on the cathedral steps.

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Oxnard California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This Cathedral is a good place markers so you know where you are when you pass through Plaza De Armas. There are many steps to sit and rest or wait for the bus or taxis. Many locals are outside trying to sell you trinkets or take pictures with them while they are in they traditional Peruvian dress/hats. They charge to... More

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Virginia, USA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My family and I visited the church as part of a half day Cusco city tour so it was nice to have a guide to point out some of the significant features. I love visiting churches and especially love how over the top many Spanish colonial cathedrals are in South America. This one is actually 3 churches in one with... More

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Montreal,Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This beautiful Gothic Renaissance style building the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin dominates the Plaza de Armas in central Cusco. And like most other cathedrals and basilicas in Peru it contains many large iconic paintings and probably one of the most beautiful altars. But of course the beauty only depends on your point of view since this... More

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