Compania de Jesús is a Jesuit church built in 1571 on the foundations of ‘Amarucancha’, the palace of the last Inca to rule an unconquered empire. The church was almost destroyed by the 1650 earthquake, and the Jesuits decided to rebuild the church and make it the most magnificent of Cusco's churches!
The Archbishop of Cusco, Don Alonso Ocon, didn’t like the idea of a church bigger than his Cathedral, and he complained about the construction to Pope Paul III. The Pope supported the Archbishop, but La Compania was almost completed before his words reached Cusco. It ended with an agreement that the Jesuits gave up three naves, three doors, and a few other things – but it was still a very impressive church that opened in 1668... And it still is... A huge main altarpiece, carved in cedar wood and glided with 24-carat-gold-layers, many important paintings, and a very narrow staircase to the old choir with a nice view of the interior...
Construction of this Jesuit chuch was in 1571 and it was planned to be the most magnificent of the churches in Cusco. Arguments arose that it should not outshine the Cathedral and an appeal was sent to Rome. By the time an answer was received the church was almost finished and the ornate facade was allowed to remain. It was also built over Inca remains.
The church was almost destroyed by an earthquake in 1650 and finally completed in 1668. The inside is rather dark as the windows are made of alabaster rather than glass. The golden altar is quite spectacular and there is an amazing whispering effect in the crypt.
Entry is free but avail yourself of a local guide to explain the interior. Photos (flash or not) are not permited. However, if you have a guide you are permitted to climb partway up one of the towers and the view over Plaza de Armas is wonderful - and you can take photos.
Open: Mon-Sat 11am-noon and 3-4pm
This church which is also located in the Plaza de Armas, was built by the jesuits in 1576, and it's considered to be one of the most important colonial barroque churches in the continent. The church was built on top of an Inca palace.
In my opinion la Compañía holds a much more interesting facade than the Cathedral itself, however I didn't get to go inside... simply because of the lack of time!
En la Plaza de Armas donde estaba el Palacio de las Serpientes , residencia del Inca Huayna Capac , está la iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús de estilo Barroco
No hacer fotos en el interior
In the Plaza de Armas where it was the Serpents Palace , house of the Inca Huayna Capac ,is the Barroque church of the Compañía de Jesús
No photos inside
Even though we're not incrediably religious we decide to go to church service at this beautiful old church La Campania de Jesus. The service was simple and peaceful. No singing but lots of candle lighting.
Built in the 1600's the guilded alter is stunning and there are some important works of art as well including a picture of St. Ignatius de Loyala .
This church of the Jesuit Order is located in the Plaza de Armas and is as famous as the Cathedral (some say that even more). It was built where once was the Palace of the Inca Huayna Qhapaq, and it used its basis and stones.
It has an impressive facade in stone considered one of the best examples of South American Baroque.
Pitibly, i couldn`t take a picture from the main square at night. it`s just so wonderful and really nice to walk around there. but at least i could take a picture from the beautiful church that is around.
This Jesuit church stands right next to La Cathedral almost as if it were in competition with it. The original building was destroyed in the earthquake of 1650 and the new church was completed soon after. It was built on the spot where the famous palace of the inca emperor, Huyana Capac, once stood.
Go inside the church to enjoy some great works of art. The one that was most interesting to me was a painting of Manco Inca's granddaugher marrying the very man that helped the spaniards capture Manco Inca - the symbol of mestizo beginnings in Cusco.
La Compania de Jesus or The Company of Jesus Cathedral is the other beautiful church on the Plaza de Armas. It is smaller than La Catedral, but it is still very pretty with its gorgeous gilded altar. The other similiarity to La Catedral is that it was also built on a site on an important Incan palace.
Admission is free, but you cannot visit when there is a mass.
There are a lot of churchs in Cusco; most of them are half-caste baroque style. Some magnificent churchs are Jesus' Company, Mercy, Holy Family. Santo Domingo de Guzmán deserves a special chapter.
Hay numerosas iglesias en Cusco; muchas de ellas son de estilo barroco mestizo. Algunas de estas magníficas iglesias son la de la Compañía de Jesús, la de la Merced, la Sagrada Familia. La de Santo Domingo de Guzmán merece capítulo aparte.
its baroque facade,one of the nicest through peru...
it's not a mere chance!
built one century after the cathedral:jesuits,proud,arrogant and eager for political and religious power,wanted to surpass the cathedral facade....
This magnificent baroque church rivals La Catedral as Cusco's most ornate and when flood lit at night is perhaps more so. Seems hard to get into though admission is supposed to be free, I had someone nearly chase me out of the entrance when I refused a "voluntary" donation.
This cathedral is on southeast side of the Plaza De Armas. This church was built by the Jesuits in 1571.
built in 1650 on the site of a inca palace called amarucancha....
on its right,baroque facade of the university....former a jesuit college.