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UNFORGETTABLE CUSCO

Religious Dimension

But Cusco as living center of a culture nurtured by the Inca and the Spanish, must also be considered in its religious dimension. Among its principal churches is the Cathedral. To Related image to the Multimedia GalleryOriginally, ít was built on what was the Suntur Wasi, today the Church of the Triumph.

Later ít was built on ground belonging to the Kiswar Kancha (palace of Inca Viracocha). Built by 1654 and consecrated in 1669, this Cathedral has a cruciform ground plan, is of renaissance style and reaches a height of 107.55 feet.

The interior is decorated with wood carvings in cedar and alder wood; of special note are the choir, the pulpit and the wood carving in the altars and in the furnishings.

With regard to painting, ít is a real delight in the Cathedral to be able to contemplate works such as The Pardon. the Last Supper, and Christ on the Cross. Also, the visitor may observe beautiful work in repoussÚ silver such as the processional hearse, the processional platforms and other ornaments. Its most important chapeas are those of the Lord of Earthquakes, the Virgin of Remedies, the Virgin of Choqonchaca and the Inmaculate Conception.

The Church of the Company of Jesus,To Related image to the Multimedia Gallery whose buiding was completed in 1668, displays a marked barroque style in its interior, the ground plan of the Company, like the Cathedral's in the form of a Latin croos and has a single nave . Among treasures preservad in this church are the retables, lovely paintings and impressive sculptures.

Other important expressions of religious architecture in Cusco the Church and Convent of Mercy, To Related image to the Multimedia Galleryv˝th a manifesty of beautiful facades; the Church of Santo Domingo To Related image to the Multimedia Gallerya Peruvian monument of architecture; San Blas, To Related image to the Multimedia Galleryfamous for its extraordinary artistic woodwork in ornately decorativa style; the Church and Convent of San Francisco with its stone facade or early Spanish style, the Church and Monastery of Santa Catalina, whose architectural style belongs to the final stages of the Renaissance and other beatiful expressions, like the Church of San Pedro and the Church and Monastery of Santa Clara. During the republican period, Cusco was the seat of the first prefecture in Peru. In our century ít has been honored as Archeological Capital of America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


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