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San Cristóbal Church


san cristobal church

It is located in the neighborhood Qollqanpata Inca, Sacsayhuaman, at about 400 meters from the cathedral.


It was built in the early years of the conquest by the Indian chief Christopher Paulla, lord of Qolqanpata, to show their devotion to Christianity. The statue of the patron saint is huge and is paraded in a procession on the feast of Corpus Christi.

During Inca times, this area was in the Hanan Qosqo or high Cusco, belonged here neighborhoods Pumacurco, Choquechaca and Tacsecocha the same Qollqampata. This area is the repository of many Inca buildings are scattered, being part of Qollqampata palace, which belonged to Manco Capac, first Inca.

A large wall-platform rig eleven cell niches as well as remnants of Inca architecture of excellent works can be seen on the top. The Inca Tupac YupanquiPaullo, converted to the Christian religion, taken as godfather to the commissioner Don Cristobal Baca de Castro, which uses his name to found the chapel was built on the side of the square beneath the palace of Qollqampata.

cusco san cristobal church


Inside the church poor and decayed can be seengold, work done by good teachers. Both the front and the silver tabernacle latter are solid silver. There are worthy of contemplation pictures, paintings, many of which are copies of famous European masters, especially Raphael nicknamed "The Divine", when the famous Cuzco School "was booming, whose distinctive gold stew. There are also turned railings, gilt retablos, altars state but more remarkable and fine carving.


Visit during hours of worship.

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