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“Great Place, very nice, proves the Church has too much wealth”

Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion
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Ranked #7 of 174 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.
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Very impressive, i usually do not like visiting churches. This one should be an exception. Very nice inside. Difficult to imagine the Chuch has so much wealth while people are begging outside

Thank Marc J
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

This was a pleasant stop to see the large well designed and finished church. It could have been in any place in Europe.

Thank TravelingKeats
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

This cathedral is actually three churches and merits more time than we had on our organised tour. It is lavishly decorated with paintings and gilded altar pieces. The amount of gold melted down from the inca palaces and used in the new churches was considerable (several tons). It was interesting to hear that most of the artisans were of mixed blood and introduced their own mix of catholic and older traditions. One example is the way the holy virgin is portrayed with a wide dress (wider at the feet) to liken a mountain. Mountains were holy to the incas, especially volcanoes.
As so often photography (with or without flash) is not allowed.

Thank Ugurd
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

We did a tour of the cathedral (which is actually three churches next to each other) and it was a fascinating look at the Catholic impact on the Incan people and how they took some aspects of Incan religion and incorporated this into their icons in the church. Very interesting tour.

Thank RosieCanberra
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

In the old Inca square and on top of inca foundations the Spaniards built a cathedral which is full of colonial pieces of art.

The most unusual canvass there is Andean version of the "last supper" where you will find a roasted guinea pig, another highlight is the black Jesus known as "El señor de los temblores" (lord of the earthquakes), He is the patron saint of Cusco.

the art is so impressive that you can spent hours, if You really want to know about colonial art in the Peruvian andes. If you have a private tour guide ask him/her about the syncretism (mixture of inca and catholic ideology showed in the art).

If you don't have a private tour guide ask for one at the ticket office (a private tour guide is provided for free when you buy your entrance ticket, Dora Aramburu is the expert).

Thank Paul E
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