Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero

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Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero

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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Oct 2019
While visiting Chinchero, you cannot miss its colonial church! It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Peru and was built over the ruins of the palace of the Inca Túpac Yupanqui. It dates from 1607 and was initially dedicated to "Nuestra Señora de Montserrat". Now, "Nuestra Señora de la Natividad" is here revered. Its structure mixes characteristics of Incan and Baroque styles and houses beautiful paintings, including a few by the famous "cusqueño" painter Diego Quispe Tito. The "Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero" is considered as one of the most beautiful churches in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"! Enjoy!
Written July 9, 2020
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,086 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
A small colonial church located in the heart of Chinchero near the famous market. It is easy to get here from Cuzco with local transportation or some organized tour.
Written March 28, 2020
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Feb 2020
The very village of Chinchero, where Iglesia Colonial was erected, is located around 30 km to the north-west of Cuzco at altitude of 3762 meters. It is quite high, therefore, some people may have suffer from high altitude sickness. The first signs of it (dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath) are not dangerous, and usually disappears after acclimatisation, but in case of acute symptoms (confusion, vomiting, cough that produce frothy, pink or white substance, severe headache, shortness of breath even at rest) it is recommended to descent as quickly as possible and contact doctors as it may develop into pulmonary or cerebral edema which can be life threatening. Mountains are beautiful, yet dangerous, so better to be aware of it. But let's back to historical places and stuff. Colonial church in Chinchero, previously called "Nuestra Senora de Monserrat" (Our Lady of Monserrat), was founded by Viceroy of Toledo in 1572. Christian temple was built over Inca walled enclosure erected there on order of Inca Tupac Yupanqui. Construction of the church ended in year 1607. Although, it doesn't looks impressive from the outside, its interior is highly decorated. Inside of this single nave church can be found richly decorated, gilded Baroque altars and sculptures. Some of them, like those of San Isidoro and Tolentino Child, are fine examples of Andean syncretism. Walls of the church are covered with murals, and its wooden ceiling is also painted. Unfortunately, taking photos inside of the church is prohibited. Because church is located in the Chinchero Archaeological Site you'll have to buy ticket for the site first, and then separate one for the church itself (which is pretty cheap, and costs 5 soles only). Below the church can be found remains of old Inca structures, terraces and sacred places. Immediately next to the church there are old bell tower, mansion of Mateo Pumaccahua and small square where one can purchase traditional, colourful local textiles. To the south and east of the church there's small old Spanish town with its narrow, steep streets. Weather can be capricious, typical for mountains though, so it's good to have some light waterproof poncho in the bag. Getting there from Cuzco is quite easy. There are some local buses and minibuses going there. Even going by taxi wouldn't be extremely expensive (£ 15 to £20). Again, if somebody won't waste ones time on searching for right bus and minibus stops can simply contact one of many tour agencies. Usually, such a daily tour covers three to four historical sites. However, obvious disadvantage of tour agencies is time schedule. Simply you can't stay in one place as long as you wish. It is also possible to rent a car what can give one needed flexibility and independence. Weather on day of my visit was of typical mixture of cloudy one with occasional sudden rainfalls, and fine sunny and hot. Mountains... There weren't many tourists either. Looks like this place is not very popular.
Written March 18, 2020
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Zemin H
Atlanta, GA199 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
It was dark when we entered Chinchero. This Andean village is known as "the birthplace of the rainbow" since its high elevation of 3850 meters above sea level. We quickly climbed up cobblestone road to the colonial church in Chinchero which was built upon ancient Inca temple or worship place. It was dark, all visitors left, all sellers on square left also, we were the last visitors of the day. Photograph was forbidden during visit, somehow caretaker allowed us to take photos, he also took us to few mysterious places which were not open to public. Due to language barrier we did not understand exactly what he said, but guessing from few words and body language, the place might be used as holy burial place and it's also the place for ancient Inca sacrifice ceremony. The entire church looked very mysterious under dim light. To me the combination of the Inca culture and Christianity is very interesting.
Written March 16, 2020
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,463 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Sadly we could not go inside as it has been deemed unsafe. What a shame as it was a beautiful looking building. Hopefully the planned restoration work will return it to its former glory. Still nice to walk round the outside of this lovely old building
Written March 5, 2020
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Marcos Vera
United Kingdom2 contributions
Oct 2019
We made this visit before going to Machu Picchu and I really enjoyed seeing the ornaments and decoration that it has inside the very beautiful churches.
Written October 29, 2019
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,512 contributions
Oct 2019
A beautiful adobe church sits surrounded by terraces. Apparently the soil here is very fertile and they produce lots of potatoes.
Written October 19, 2019
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Hong Kong, China4,195 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
I did not know that it will be so easy to see villagers from trib is so easy in here.
You can see ruin, daily life, and markets even learning how to wave here.
Villagers are everywhere in the market who are trying to sell traditional handmade textiles and souvenirs. I should bring more cash and shop more here.
After I heard how difficult the women life are. I regret immediately.
A lovely souvenirs only cost USD 3-5.
Pls kindly help the committee. If you missed the chance here , you can still find many elderly women carry a Alpaca walking around in Cusco city who just want to earn one or two USD. Please help those old and helpless women if you have a chance to. May God bless you for your kindness.
Written August 23, 2019
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,058 contributions
Jul 2019
For such a small town this is a very well preserved and decorated church. That said by the time we got here we had seen so many that we were weary of churches and because there is less gold it failed to energise us. Compared to other churches it's more in its original condition. However, there is not a lot else to do so take a few minutes to pop in and make a donation.
Written August 8, 2019
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DrhermanK
Benoni, South Africa1,276 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Visiting this high ruin/church was quite an eye opener. The church build right on top of the Inca Temple made me think. I admire the people in their acceptance of this invasion and wondered what made the men of old do such a thing. We can only wonder.
Written July 29, 2019
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