The Society of Jesus in Cusco

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

Construction began in 1576 on the Inca temple Amaru Cancha, and was completely refurbished in 1650 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 one of the most impressive altars carved in wood and covered in gold leaf, as well as a rich collection of sculptures and painting from the Cusqueña School of Art.

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

This church is often overlooked, but it is a must see church. Some of the painting are by the founder of the Cusco school of art. The carved alters, coated in gold leaf are so impressive. You should plan 45 minutes to experience the church. There are stairs up the bell towers, can walk across the choir balcony and up other bell tower too. It was a nice refreshing view over the Plaza de Armas. Pictures are not allowed in the church.

Migzubi in Tripadvisor – April 15th 2018

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