I would say that is is the most eloborate church I have seen in all of south America which include, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
It took then 130 years to built and it showes. The work inside is a sight to behold. Its not one but 3 churchs in one. It has the main church and two chappels.
It will always be in my memory that when I was inside the main church the news of the Death of Pope John Paul II was announched and the bells began to ring in a very solmne tone.....
The Cusco Cathedral is one of the special churches in the world, mostly for its unique blend of Spanish colonial grandeur with local Incan culture. If you're really ambitious, visit for the Quechuan Mass, Sundays at 0500 (yikes!!). But you can also pay your way in (it's not on the city pass) and still get a lot out of the visit. You'll see a magnificent silver altar and an attractive interior architecture. Behind the altar, you will also see the most famous Cusco School painting -- a depiction of the Last Supper where Jesus and the apostles are dining on guinea pig (cuy) and drinking chicha. This painting alone is worth the visit -- especially if you drop by after a hearty lunch gnawing on some cuy (as we did).
I believe that Cusco's Cathedral rates among the most impressive church that I visited in Peru. It certainly figures amongst the largest for it is huge when compared to the other cathedrals that I visit during my journey.
The Cathedral sits atop of stairway, looking down on the main square. It was built on the foundations of the Inca Viracocha palace. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1560 however it was not completed until 1669. To the left of the Cathedral is the Capilla de la Sagrada Familia. It is actually here that you buy your ticket and enter the Cathedral . To the right of the main Cathedral is the Capilla del Triunfo which is actually the oldest church in Cusco. You in fact egress the Cathedral through this chapel. The walls inside the Cathedral and the two chapels are adorned with paintings and sculptures. The nave of the Cathedral is surrounded by ten side chapels that are highly decorative also. Overall the interior of the Cathedral is a feast for the eyes and is the most important colonial attraction in Cusco.
Contrary to what the guidebook say, entrance to the Cathedral is not included with the boleto turístico and costs about $10.00 visit. This is very expensive in my opinion. The Cathedral is open from 11amto 1230pm and 2pm to 5:30pm from Monday to Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.
The Cathedral is similar as churches everywhere in the Inca country. This is only sited at the most sanctified Inca culture place. Tourists use to sit for a while on the stairs before the church. Soon many kind of sellers, children dressed up to national dresses with animals, shoe polishing boys, etc gather around you. Business is business...
This beautiful cathedral is built on the site of the palace of the Inca Viracocha. Its ornate silver altar weighs over 400 kilograms. There are hundreds of paintings from the Escuela Cuscuema in this church. The most interesting painting is a depiction of the Last Supper which shows the apostles dining on local Peruvian dishes such as cuy ( guinea pig) and drinking chicha. The apostles are also sitting around the table, not sitting on just one side on the table.. It is forbidden to take pictures inside the cathedral. I found this painting so unique that I bought a postcard of it to remember it.
The Cathedral also contains the famous statue "El Senor de los Temblones" ("Lord of Earthquakes") which is a figure of Christ on the cross that has a dark complexion and Quenchan facial features. In 1650, there was a very large earthquake and the people of Cusco were frightened. They started praying and had a procession around the square carrying this statue . The earthquake then stopped. This was thought to be a miracle.
Admission to the museum is with the tourist ticket.
La Catedral is on the beautiful Plaza de Armas. I was walking around the first night before dinner and took a few pictures. As are many of the Spanish sights, it was built on a much older Incan site (palace of the Inca Viracocha) which was destroyed and replaced. Even though it is being restored right now, there is much to see inside. It was the second stop on the Cusco half day tour the next day.
Cathedral, at Plaza de Armas, was damaged during earthquakes; when I visited it (2000), it was being repaired. Its construction lasted 94 years; it is decorated with awesome cedar carving; the main altar is made of silver. The Cathedral has a painting museum, where there is a curious "Last Supper" paintig with local dishes.
La Catedral, en la Plaza de Armas, fue severamente dañada durante varios terremotos; cuando la visité en el año 2000, estaba siendo reparada. Su construcción tardó 94 años; está decorada con impresionantes tallas en madera de cedro; el altar principal es de plata. La Catedral tiene un Museo pictórico, en el cual hay una curiosa versión de "La Última Cena", en donde figuran platos locales.
the church,first built,in 1560.
on the viracocha's palace site,called quishuarcancha....
all these facts to show you the fury and the will of the conquistadores for deleting inca memories and historical associations.
The centerpiece of the Plaza de Armas, La Catedral is the city's main church and took over a 100 years to build, dating back to 1559.
The interior is equally impressive and houses great colonial art works including the famous Last Supper, with a guinea pig as the main course. This can be visited on the Boleto Touristico, a ticket that gets you into all of Cusco's main attractions for around ten dollars.
The Cathedral was built over one of the most important Inca temples built in honor of the God Wiracocha; unlike Qoricancha, here the conquistadores did not keep the Inca foundations. This construction lasted more than a century.
Here you find a great artistic treasure, with paintings of great painters such as Marcos Zapata, Rafael de Urbina and Melchor Huamán,as well as a great variety of styles:Baroque, Rococo, Churrigeresco, etc.
The first site I visited was the Cathedral, which lies on one side of Plaza de Armas. It is huge and majestic. It has two beautiful chapels on its sides with gold and silver covered altars. The main building was being restored, yet I got an eerie reminder of the Cathedrals in Spain (specially the one in Madrid) when I got a peak of its interior. It makes sense of course since the Spaniards built it :).
The Cusco Cathedral was built in 1550 in the Baroque Style, right on the foundations of the palace of Inca Wirachocha. A really nice place to visit in Cuzco and its located in the Plaza Mayor.