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Cusco Cathedral

An imposing building constructed with stones from an Inca fortress is celebrated for its beautiful architecture and artwork that spans three centuries.

Standing over Cusco’s main square is Cusco Cathedral, an impressive Gothic-Renaissance structure built on the site of an Inca palace. Explore the interior, filled with more than 400 canvases, woodcarvings and a silver altar.

Construction on the cathedral started in 1559 and was completed almost 100 years later. Many of the stones were taken from the nearby fortress of Sacsayhuaman. On your way inside, note the carved figure of a puma head on the main doors, which was erected by the Inca workforce during the cathedral’s construction. In Inca mythology, the puma represents the physical world. 

Admire the numerous artworks, many of which are from the Cusqueña school of painting. This was a Cusco-based Roman Catholic artistic tradition from the 16th to 18th centuries.  Don’t miss the painting depicting Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper eating roasted guinea pig and tropical fruit. 

Pay a visit to the Lord of the Earthquakes. This icon of Jesus was paraded through the streets by terrified residents during the devastating earthquake of 1650. Many people claimed the carved religious figure stopped the seismic activity. Every Easter Monday, you can watch the statue as it is carried in a procession through the city.

Marvel at the main altar, which is made of solid silver. Appreciate the craftsmanship of the cedar wood choir with its carved figures of bishops, popes and saints. Visit the cathedral’s sacristy where the walls are covered with paintings of Cusco’s bishops. Head to one of the towers to see the 7-foot (2-meter) María Angola bell, the largest bell in South America.

Cusco Cathedral is open daily. Situated on Cusco’s main public square, Plaza de Armas, the cathedral is easily accessible on foot and by bus from many parts of the city. After your tour of the cathedral, visit the two other churches on the square. The Church of the Society of Jesus contains canvases and silver artwork. The Church of Triumph hosts the ashes of Garcilaso de la Vega, a prominent Spanish writer.


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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Pedro Church and San Pedro Market. Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. San Pedro Station is 10 minutes by foot and Cusco Wanchaq Station is 26 minutes.

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    Novotel Cusco

    Novotel Cusco

    San Augustin 239 Esquina, Cusco, Cusco
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cusco Historic Center, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hatunrumiyoc, Plaza de Armas, and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. Cusco Wanchaq Station is 14 minutes by foot and San Pedro Station is 14 minutes.

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      Estancia San Blas

      Estancia San Blas

         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Blas Viewpoint, Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. San Pedro Station is 18 minutes by foot and Cusco Wanchaq Station is 19 minutes.

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          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Ramada Costa Del Sol Cusco SG$88
          Ramada Costa Del Sol Cusco

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            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museo de Plantas Sagradas Magicas y Medicinales and Plaza de Armas. Cusco Cathedral and San Pedro Market are also within 10 minutes. San Pedro Station is 11 minutes by foot and Cusco Wanchaq Station is 18 minutes.

            Casa Cavassa Centro Histórico Cusco SG$43
            Casa Cavassa Centro Histórico Cusco

            Casa Cavassa Centro Histórico Cusco

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              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Calle Marquez and Plaza de Armas. Cusco Cathedral and San Pedro Market are also within 10 minutes. San Pedro Station is 8 minutes by foot and Cusco Wanchaq Station is 13 minutes.

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              Samay

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Selina Saphi Cusco

                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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