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“Splendid Spanish colonial cathedral”

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Splendid Spanish colonial cathedral”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Went as part of a tour with a local guide. Charming Cathedral with original features and very well proportioned. Yes, no photo policy, but this is very common in churches in Peru. Much better than the rather sterile cathedral in Lima which has been over restored and lacks atmosphere. Cusco has the quirky Last Supper with roast guinea pig and meztiso Judas.

Visited September 2013
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“Great architecture, no-photos policy inside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

The three-part cathedral is worth a visit. The architecture is stunning, as are the different carved oltars and other furnishings. It is possible to access spaces normally classiffied as off-limits, such as the crypt beneath the floor or the priests' dressing room.

Visited September 2013
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“Cost to get in and then no photography allowed inside?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

I was ok with having to pay a kind of steep price to get into the cathedral then when you get inside you find out that you weren't allow to take photographs (and there were alot of enforcers of the policy inside) I so wanted to take a picture of the painting of the Last Supper with the cuy (guinea pig) but alas I have only my memories and a post card.

Visited October 2012
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Cusco, Peru
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“Amazing Cathedral!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I really enjoyed my visit. You can opt for a guide, headphones or solo. If opting for headphones, you need to bring your Passport because the employees will take it for the duration of the visit. I opted for the headphones and all was explained to my satisfaction. Early morning mass is open to the public and is performed in Quechua. This is another must for Cusco.

Visited October 2012
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“Ostentatious cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Cusco Cathedral is probably one of the most storied cathedral we've seen with so many altars (about 26), relics, paintings to view and appreciate. The cathedral integrates a building that was used by the Incas in olden days to venerate their gods, is now flanked by two churches and was built over 100 years. Situated in Plaza Armas, the city center, it is the site of many festivals each month, celebrating most of the saints dominating the altars. A truly fascinating integration of Incas beliefs and traditions with the Catholic religion.

Visited May 2013
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