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

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Address: Plaza de Armas | Calle Marquez 231, Cusco, Peru
Phone Number: +51 993 492 979
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Dominating the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, this magnificent...

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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Probably one of the nicest and oldest Basilicas in Peru. This Cathedral is huge and full of art and artifacts. Comes with Catacombs and tons of history. You'll want to give... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Probably one of the nicest and oldest Basilicas in Peru. This Cathedral is huge and full of art and artifacts. Comes with Catacombs and tons of history. You'll want to give yourself about 2 hours to see this attraction. This definitely is a must see in Cusco

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this was one of my favorites places ever, its huge and beautiful, I saw all the paintings inside, everything and its just incredible beautiful, if you enjoy watching good art you have to come to this place, LOVED IT!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Not by a "must see", but an interesting comparison with the Catholic cathedrals of Europe. Many similarities, and local variations.

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Lima / Cusco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The effort involved in the carvings and paintings is amazing. The amount of gold leaf, the colors are all terrific. Very worthwhile.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't a huge cathedral, but it is interesting. There is an entrance fee if you're not going to mass. Be sure not to miss the painting of the Last Supper in the chapel in the far right-hand corner where Jesus is serving a roasted guinea pig (the national dish of Peru) to his disciples.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cusco's cathedral is so much more important than Lima's. You really learn how important Cusco was to the Spaniards in their quest to convert the Inkas to Catholicism. The architecture and the art are fascinating, especially if you are in the hands of a knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, huge interior with multi facetted points of interest. Much to interest even a casual visitor

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral holds many interesting artifacts, beautiful paintings and works from over the centuries. Obtain the language guide and headphones as part of your admission. Also consider getting the 4 church destination and it allows additional sites and the organization can use your support. Not a bad place to be, especially when it gets hot outside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Cathedral as part of a guided tour, and throughly enjoyed it. We started in the oldest part (left hand side looking east), which had an astonishing gold leaf altarpiece and silver leaf altar. The historical perspective on adding mirrors as a way to gain the attention of the natives was a tactic we were to hear about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Cathedral was first built by the conquistadors and expanded over the years. There are plenty of alcoves with Patron Saints and with a good guide, you will come to understand how the locals adapted to their new religion.

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