San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
It is believed there was already a small chapel built on an Inca temple, which was used as an Indian Reduction at the end of the XVI century, building of the temple as we know it began in 1610, through the initiative of the parish priest Juan Perez de Bocanegra. In the interior are two beautifully painted organs that are considered the oldest in America. This majestic artistry is also reflected in the coffered ceiling of Mudejar influence, the mural paintings of Luis de Riano, paintings of the Cusquena School of Art, the polychromy of the ceilings and the triumphal arch that divides the presbytery and the main nave. Its baptistery retains the baptismal formula in Latin, Spanish, Quechua, Aymara and Puquina. The paintings which adorn the walls are framed by enormous mouldings of cedar wood and gold leaf.
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Arcee_CO
Wheat Ridge, CO1,083 contributions
Couples
This Ordinary exterior of a 1600s catholic church hides an explosion of high art and murals in the style of Michelangelo. A 2 room museum is included. The admission fee of 15 Sol ($5 US) does not allow photos. Tip: the Jesuits have 4 active Churches along a route called Rita Del Baroco on Andino. The lower 10 Sol ticket for Cosco’s downtown church covers all 4 along the road toCanincunca.
Written February 5, 2020
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Las Buganvillas
Cartagena, Colombia811 contributions
What surprises most is that this beautiful and ornate church is to be found in the middle of nowhere. Apparently tiny town had at-its heyday some wealthy people because this splendid church was built form donations. If you have some spare time in Cusco, the visit is warmly recommended. However, if you opt for Inka Express bus service form Cusco to Puno, that this is a compulsory stop over.
Written January 1, 2020
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Jacek_Polska
Poland220 contributions
What a gem! Beautiful church decorated with numerous paintings with gold-covered altar being a most impressive part of the decor. Best example of Andean Baroc!
Written September 3, 2019
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wldtravels
florida227 contributions
Size: This is a very large church/chapel...it is NOT a monstrous cathedral (like several in Cusco)

Condition: The building is in very good condition, as are the ornate displays inside.
Entrance Fee: We had to pay a fee to enter but our guide paid it so I don’t know how much it was.

Timeline: This is a Christian church built where the previous tribes/cultures worshipped. The Spanish conquistadors initiated its construction.
Access and mobility requirements: There are several stone steps to get to the entrance and a tall threshold to step over at the door. I didn’t see an access ramp but there might be one at a side entrance.

Nearby sites: This town was more than an hour south of Cusco and had a small museum, several market vendors and a few convenience stores in the square for water/drinks or snacks.

Can you do this on your own? This site requires a car to get to because it is more than an hour drive from Cusco. If you have transportation, you can go there on your own. Parking is not currently a problem at this site (as of the date of this writeup) because it was off the beaten path.

Restrooms? There were restrooms at the back of the courtyard out the side of the church. While the restrooms did not cost to enter, there was a donation box at the entrance. Remember 2 things: always bring your own hand sanitizer and toilet paper in case they run out (or don’t have any soap), and you do not flush your toilet paper in Peru. You place it in the trash can next to the toilet. This might sound awful, but it prevents the toilet from clogging, which would be worse for everyone.

Overall Suggestion for the Visit: Be sure to have a map with you to get to this location. The church is about 1km off the highway so knowing which road to turn down is important or you might not find it. Like many churches, hats should be taken off before entering.

The down-side:
- They don’t allow pictures. Also, you need a guide and special approval to go up in the towers, if they are open. Without a guide it would be impossible to know the details of this beautiful church and why it is so ornate (even the mirrors have a story). The church was built where the original/previous town church was located and many customs were co-opted from the old customs to make the conversion to Christianity smoother and easier for locals. Finally, I enjoy seeing beautiful cathedrals/churches/chapels and this was worthwhile, but for me, the sheer distance from Cusco makes this a hard site to recommend unless this is truly your “thing”. Especially since the huge churches in Cusco have a similar appearance. The truly unique part of this church is all the gold. No place else had this level of opulence.
Written August 13, 2019
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ewilkens
St Louis, Missouri176 contributions
Solo
This is the second time I have tried to write a review about this wonderful World UNESCO site. It is amazing. Its renovations are being funded by the World Monument Fund. It is more beautiful than the Sistine Chapel.
Written June 14, 2011
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albertsebastian
Melbourne, Australia245 contributions
We stopped here for a break on the coach trip to Puno. Wonderful to see the inside of this old church with all the golden gilded statues and alter.
Written November 30, 2019
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Thank you for the description of the Temple, and for your visit.
Written December 3, 2019
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Anna99
London106 contributions
There is an amazing WOW factor as you go into the Baroque church, gold everywhere apart from the Rococo style silver tabernacle. Look out for the sculptures and frescos of mermaids which is unusual for a church. And don’t forget to look up at the ceiling. Church often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of America.
Not to be missed. We visited as a stop on our Inka Express coach trip from Puno to Cusco.
Written June 24, 2019
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Giovana M
Lima, Peru28 contributions
Family
I was amaze when I got the chance to visit Andahuaylillas, (the tour is Call Valle sur tour) is the south area of Cusco, not the tipical tour. In front of the Plaza you will found this small colonial church ...get in and let yourself be surprise by the art ...the whole sealing is painted with live, vibrant colors and religion stories. Gotta go!
Written July 24, 2017
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didierchong
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
Family
On the way between Cusco and Puno, in the small town of Andahuaylillas, is the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas church. Even though small in size, compared to the dozen of churches that I have seen in Peru, including in Lima, Cusco and Arequipa, it still appears rather incongruous with its surroundings, which consist of much smaller and more modest buildings. From the outside, it is quite nondescript. However, once inside, you cannot help but marvel at the sheer multitude and magnitude of the elaborately decorated frescoes and statues that surround the walls. The ceiling, with delicately carved wood beams, too was quite magnificent. This is probably my favourite of the Peruvian churches I have seen. Even though it contains more or less similar frescoes and statues, here they are just a bit richer and more colourful. They do not address the same themes as the Sistine Chapel in Rome nor are they painted in the same way. So, even though, I am not an expert, I would call San Pedro de Andahuaylillas the Sistine Chapel of the Andes only in the sense that it stuns you as much as the Sistine Chapel in Rome on first sight.

It is unfortunate that taking pictures inside the church is not allowed. The dvd given to each visitor does not do justice to the church's interior: only a quick glimpse of that is provided in a video of only a few minutes' duration. So you have to rely on your memory to relive the experience and this would not be easy if you have seen a few other Peruvian churches. Most of the dvd is about the charitable work being done with the help of the funds provided by the entrance fee.
Written July 12, 2017
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haktus
Zurich, Switzerland1,235 contributions
Family
When travelling Latin America you see a lot of churches, this one was a nicer one. Why: it is not that big, has very nice works presented inside and is in a lovely village off the tourist routes (although quite some buses stop here).
Worth visiting.
Written May 12, 2017
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