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

Attractives

The Basilica Cathedral of Cusco

The Basilica Cathedral of Cusco

It is the most important, imposing and sumptuous monument of colonial architecture, for being the repository of multiple artistic manifestations. Built in what was the “Sunturwasi” and KISWAR C

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Compañia de Jesus Church

Compañia de Jesus Church

This church is one of the most outstanding monuments of Andean Baroque erected on the Amaru Kancha, the palace of Inca Royal Family, “Huayna Capac”. Its location and opulence, which overshadowe

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Church of the Merced

Church of the Merced

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

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San Francisco de Asís Church

San Francisco de Asís Church

The structure of the convent and church of San Francisco stand next to the National Science Association, and was placed at the service of the order in 1652. Here is possibly the largest canvas of t

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Santo Domingo Church

Santo Domingo Church

The Convent of Santo Domingo in Cusco was built on the foundation of the Templo del Sol and Qorikancha. The Catholic temple has been erected on the same Inca temple, as though demonstrating the des

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Santa Catalina Church and Convent

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, Loreto Street, K´aspi

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San Blas Church

San Blas Church

The church of San Blas was built on the Inca neighborhood "Tococachi", what today is the neighborhood of San Blas, exactly on a place where the “Illapa” was worshipped. This church is known for

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Belén church

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 re

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San Pedro Church

San Pedro Church

In the beginning, it was a hospital that catered to the Indians or Natives. It was built in 1556 and is located six blocks west of the main square of Cusco. This church, like the majority of church

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San Cristóbal Church

San Cristóbal Church

The San Cristobal Church was built on what was once the “Palace of Manco Capac”. Its construction began in 1673 and it was a parish destined for Indians or Natives of Cusco. It is a temple of o

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