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CATHEDRAL

Located at the north side of the Plaza de Armas, the actual construction was built over one of the most important Inka temples built in honour of the God Wiracocha;  this construction was started in 1566 and completed in 1669. The construction platform   has the shape of a latin cross.  Here you find a great artistic treasure, with paintings of great painters such as Marcos Zapata, Rafael de Urbina and Melchor Huamán,as well as a great variety of styles:Baroque, Rococo, Churrigeresco, etc.

Catedral del Cusco

SAN BLAS

Located at Plazalota de San Blas.  It was one of the first parish churches built in Cusco under the order of Viceroy Francisco Toledo.  The first construction was destroyed in 1650 by an earthquake.  The present church is a reconstruction, The platform has the shape of a latin cross as well.

In the church you can find art works of Juan Espinoza Medrano and the marvelllous pulpit of San Blas which was engraved by Juan Tomás Tuyru Túpac Inga being the ideal author for this piece with barroc style; Master Juan Luis Montes. 

SANTO DOMINGO OR QORICANCHA

Located in plazoleta Santo Domingo.  Called Inti Kancha in Inka times, it was the main temple of the Quechuas in the Valley of Cusco.  This temple was dedicated to the Agriculture Gods.  The first building collapsed in 1650 by an earthquake and after two years it was finished.

The actual church has three towers and a platform with a Greek cross shape, the  front view is catalogued as Baroque style with a Churrigeresco tendency .

The canvases which are located in the first tower correspond to the life and miracles of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and were painted by the master José Espinoza, you will also find art work that belongs to Diego Quispe Ttito, Lázaro Pardo del Lago, Pedro Santangel and Marcos Zapata.

SAN FRANCISCO

Located in Plaza San Francisco.  In 1538 the order of San Francisco funded their temple on the place known as Kasana, which corresponded to the families of  Pizarro y Sillerico, a few years later they expanded their territory when they bought the Menesterosos of San Lázaro Hospital.

In 1650 it collapsed and was rebuilt by the mestizos, the actual church has a platform that looks like a latin Cross, its front view has a plateresco style and the tower has many roman particularities.

Inside the church you can find artwork that belong to Juan Espinoza de los Monteros, Diego Quispe Ttito, Basilio Pacheco, Marcos Villena, Marco Serrano, Basilio Santa Cruz and others. This work belongs to the Cusqueña School of Art, with tenebrista style, the portraits belong to the work of Oquendo and Pancorbo and they're mostly barroque.

LA MERCED

Located at Plazoleta Espinar. the convent of la Merced  was funded in 1536 by Fray Pedro Trujillo y Castañeda, this church suffered a lot after the earthquake of 1650, it was rebuilt after a process of 15 to 20 years. The church is classified in:

* The convent , which used two have four areas and one of them has been converted in La Merced College.

* The church is divided in two parts, one high and one is low, It has a platform like a greek cross.

* The Bell tower has a particular barroque style..

* Inside the temple we find a lot of art work which represents the life of Don pedro de Nolasco; funder of the Mercedaria Order. This were made by Ignacio Chacón.

* Inside the temple there are some buried people such as: Diego de Almagro, Gonzalo Pizarro; and there is even a theory that awknowledges some rests of the Túpac Amaru family.

* In this church we can find the famous "Custodia de la Merced", made out of 24k gold and ornamented with over 1200 types of precious stones..

THE CHURCH OF LA COMPAÑIA DE JESUS

Located on top of the Wayna Cápac or Amaru Kancha temple. when the jesuits arrived, they chose this place as the perfect spot to build their school and temple in this place. The first construction was made by the General of the church, Francisco de Borja in 1566, but in 1650 the church collapsed after a strong earthquake; the second construction was finished in 1671 by Juan Bautista Gilles. The whole church was built with precious materials and ornamented with the best materials.

IGLESIA DE BELEN

Located in one of the Inka neighbourhoods called Ch'akillchaKa, on the west side of Cusco, in 1550 Spaniards decided to build a convent for mestizas. In 1650 this church collapsed as many others did. It was rebuilt and finished in 1715.

The image of the church's mother, La Virgen de Belén, which was donated from Spain (as well as the image of Señor de los Temblores) , is one of the most luxurious images ever seen, she's covered in jewels and her support is made out of silver and precious stones.

PARROQUIA E IGLESIA DE SAN SEBASTIAN

It was called San Lazaro until the earthquake in 1650. 

It is located on the Plaza of San Sebatián which is at  5 km from the city, this church was built surounded by many archeological places.

the temple is divided in three parts, the platform has a latin cross, the major altar has a barroque style, the image of San Sebastián was made by Melchor Huamán Mayta in 1673, here we found artwork of Diego Quispe Tito.

MONASTERIO DE SANTA TERESA

Built on the left side of the Parque de la Madre and one block from the Plaza de Armas this church belongs to the congregation of  Carmelitas Descalzas. The area was donated by Don Antonio de Zea in 1661, gentleman of the order of Santiago . The church was finished in 1676, and it has paintings which represent the life of Santa Teresa.

IGLESIA Y CONVENTO DE SANTA CLARA

Located in Santa Clara St. at only 5 blocks from the Plaza. It was first funded in 1551. This was a house that hosted the daughters of the Conquers. The major Altar was made by Pedro de Oquendo and it's particular for having a grat collection of mirrors.

LA IGLESIA CONVENTO DE LA RECOLETA

It was built on the Inka neighbourhood of Munaysenca (pretty nose), on the east of Cusco. It was funded in 1599 by Padre Francisco de Velasco. The pictures inside were painted in 1669 by Juan Basilio Santa Cruz and they represent the life and miracles of San Francisco de Asis. It also has the most beautiful expressions of  "Cristo pobre" a masterpiece of  Natalicio Delgado.

IGLESIA DE SAN CRISTOBAL

Located in Qolqanpata, built over one of the palaces of Manco Cápac in 1673 and it was a church only for natives. It is a very simple church and its tower it's made out of stone.

PARROQUIA DE SANTA ANA

It is located in Carmenqa, nort-east from the plaza . This church is very peculiar and was finished in 1559, this church was also destined to the natives. Here we can find an enormous collection of paintings representing the Corpus Christi which nowadays are in the Arte Religioso Museum, There are some images of  El Señor del Cabildo, La Virgen Santa Ana, and El Señor del Santo Sepulcro.

IGLESIA DE SAN JERONIMO

Funded on the area of Waqoto south of Cusco around the period of the Viceroy Toledo ( 1572 ),it used to be a very basic church only for farmers and natives.

IGLESIA DE SAN PEDRO

At the begginning it was supose to be a hospital for natives. The church was built in 1556 by Juan Tomás Tuyru Túpac and it is located 6 blocks away from the Plaza de Armas. This church as well as some others has some very important artwork, the pulpit was made by Juan Tomas Tuyru Túpac in 1706 who also made the image of Virgen Purificada or de la Candelaria and the image of Apóstol San Pedro. 

 

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