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Temples & Convents

The Catholic Church accompanied, from the beginning of the conquest, the Spanish forces. To kick off their evangelizing, priestly orders of the time built their churches over the most important and spectacular Inca palaces and temples to show off their power and impose its religion on the population of Cusco. On the other hand, they had to be built to house the clergy convents. These well maintained buildings (10 in special) have architectural and historical details which are worthy of appreciation.

Church of Compañia de Jesus in Cusco

The Basilica Cathedral of Cusco

It is the most important monument, an imposing and magnificent colonial architecture, being custodian of multiple art forms, which was built in the Sunturwasi and KISQARCANCHA of the Incas, was built with the masses of the walls of Sacsayhuaman. The first enclosure for religious services was built in what is now the Triunfo Church on one side of the Cathedral Basilica.

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Compañia de Jesus Church

This church is one of the outstanding monuments of Baroque Andean erected on the Amaru kancha, the panaca palace of Inca Huayna Capac. Its location and opulence, which obscured the primacy of the Cathedral, led to serious disputes between the Jesuits and the clergy Cusco.

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La Merced Church

The church and convent of La Merced whose original construction dates back to mid-sixteenth century, is one of the oldest in the city of Cusco and was built in ancient Cusipata in the center of the city of Cusco.

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San Francisco de Asís Church

The structure of the convent and church of San Francisco stand by the national association of science, and was placed at the service of the order in 1652. Here is possibly the largest canvas of the continent. It was founded by the Franciscan Fathers in 1645 and has two fronts and a single tower. This church has a Spanish-style stone house. The work was completed in 1650.

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Santo Domingo Church

Built on one of the holiest sites in pre-Columbian times, was called at the time of the Incas "Inti Court" was the main temple of the Quechua in Cusco Valley, was at first dedicated to the deities linked to agricultural rites. Inside you could see the remains of Qorikancha.

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Santa Catalina Church and Convent

This church stands on what was the House of the Chosen or Virgins of the Sun, also called Acllawasi. In Inca times it occupied the entire block bounded by the Plaza de Armas, Calle Loreto, Loreto Street K'aspi k'ijllu today and Maruri Street. Founded in 1605, the church and monastery had to be rebuilt after the earthquake of 1650. The church treasures beautiful Baroque altars and a magnificent pulpit.

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San Blas Church

The church of San Blas was built on the Inca neighborhood "Tococachi" just about a place of worship "Illapa". This church is known for its pulpit that according to many experts is the most striking artistic woodwork Churrigueresque Spanish.

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Belén church

Belen church was built in the Inca neighborhood called Ch'akillchaKa, to the west of the city of Cusco. This church like many suffered serious damage in the earthquake of 1650 and subsequently rebuilt.

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San Pedro Church

In the beginning was a hospital to treat the Indians or natural. It was built the year 1556 and is located six blocks west of the main square of Cusco. This church like any other, has important paintings, the pulpit was carved by John Thomas Tuyru Tupac.

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San Cristóbal Church

Built on what was once the palace of Manco Capac. Its construction began in 1673 and was a parish intended to Indians or natural. It is a temple of one tower, whose architecture is almost equal to that of the Church of Santa Clara, the tower of the church is of stone, but the church itself is made of adobe.

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