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San Cristóbal Church

Built by Christopher Paulla, it is a symbol of Christian devotion and has a gigantic statue of the patron saint.

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It was built in the early years of the conquest by the Indian chief Cristóbal Paulla, lord of Qolqanpata, as a sign of his devotion to Christianity. The statue of the patron saint is gigantic and is carried in procession on the feast of Corpus Christi.

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

A great wall-andén with eleven niches of cellular rigging, as well as remains of Inca architecture of excellent workmanship, can be seen in the upper part. The Inca Paullo Túpac Yupanqui, converted to the Christian religion, took as his godfather the commissioner Don Cristóbal Baca de Castro. Whose name he used to found the hermitage that was built on one side of the small square below the palace of Qolqampata.


It is located on Don Bosco street, to get there walking you must take the intersection of the streets, Resbalosa, Arcoíris or Pumacurco. The church is located in the Plaza de San Cristobal, in the Inca neighborhood of Colcampata.


In relation to its beauty, the front of the church is facing the square of Colcampata. It is a simple structure of stony color of the adobes. It is covered with white paint. In the internal decoration of the church, highlights the main altar, is a structure of two bodies, here highlights a beautiful silver front, here we can also find a shield of Bishop Mollinedo. There are paintings worthy of contemplation, paintings, many of which are copies of famous European masters, especially Raphael, nicknamed "El Divino", when the famous "Escuela Cuzqueña" was booming, whose distinctive feature is the gold braiding. There are also turned railings, gilded altarpieces, altars in poor condition, but of remarkable and fine carving.


Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 18:00 pm.

Admission fee: Adults: S/. 26.00 - Student: S/. 13.00

Religious Ticket: Adults: Includes visit to the Cathedral, Templo de Triunfo, Templo Sagrada Familia, Templo San Blas, Templo San Cristobal, Museo Arzobispal).

Adults: S/. 50.00 - Students: S/. 25.00

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