Located on the Plaza de Armas, Cuscoâ€™s massive stone cathedral is well worth a visit. Construction began in 1560; much of the stone used to build the cathedral was brought from SachsayhuamÃ¡n and other Inca sites. Time and earthquakes have taken their toll on the cathedral; an ambitious resotration project took place between 1997 and 2002. Much of the stonework has been shored up and the magnificent paintings have been delicately wiped clean of centuries of grime. Be sure to check out the Matia Angola bell in the bell tower, made with more than fifty pounds of gold. Note that the entrance is no longer included as part of the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture, Site of historic significance, Church and museum, Churches and religious buildings, Historic architecture, Spiritual/Religious
Relative price: Mid-Range
Travel Skills: None