La Compañía de Jesús 
OF CUSCO

The Andean Baroque Route begins in Cusco, in one of the most significant churches of this architectural style.

Construction began in 1597 on the Inca temple Amaru Cancha, and was completely refurbished in 1660 after a strong earthquake hit the city. Of Latin cross, its façade is richly decorated stone, it has two large towers and two adjoining chapels.

Its interior retains a rich collection of sculptures and paintings from the Cusqueña School of Art, in addition to the high altar built in gold leaf.

The architecture of the temple served as a model for many other churches that were built in the southern Andes.

I sat at the Cusco Plaza de Armas, in front of this church to admire its carved front and watch the people walking past it. It was a beautiful experience. At night, lit up, it is impressive.

Sandra Artola – Traveller in Peru