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Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion
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Cusco City Small-Group Tour
Ranked #7 of 167 things to do in Cusco
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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.
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

The cathedral is amazingly beautiful. The history behind the art word and sculptures are quite interesting as well. I wish we would have had more time to explore, but we were with a group and didn't have the time. While I'm glad we did use the group because we were able to get a plethora of information from the tour guide, I think we only saw about 50% of the cathedral. I found it very interesting the subversive way the Quechuans were able to blend their symbols into Catholic art and still practice in secret.

Visited May 2013
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“Must Go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

It is the 3rd best Cathedrals in South America. It is simply awesome. you have to take the tour that it will be for aprox. 30 minutes, it is great and you will learn all you may want to know.

Visited May 2013
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“whether you are religious or not, an important part of Cusco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

The cathedral is a beautiful structure from the outside, but there is so much more to see inside. Because the Quechuan people did not have a written language, the Spanish conquerors taught them what their new religion would be through art. There are many important paintings in this cathedral, including one of The Last Supper that has indigenous foods (including cuy) as part of the meal.

Self-guided audio tours are available if you desire. Or you can do a little reading ahead of time and figure out what to see.

The entry fee is not part of the Boleto Turistico.

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful, very ornate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Very ornate and built by the invading Spanish who seem to have converted the indigenous population to be Catholics. Hoards of fresh flowers adorn a multitude of alters to the Virgin Mary. Lots of opulence and extravagance within the church making the interior in danger of over gilding the lily. Worth a visit and right at the heart of Cusco in a beautiful square.

Visited May 2013
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“A Must Do if visiting Cuzco”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

The entrance fee was modest and it took us about 45 minutes to quietly enjoy the beauty and the interesting points of this cathedral. The black Messiah and the portrait of the Last Supper with the guinea pig are not to be missed.

Visited May 2013
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