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Cusco Cathedral - Historical Building Cusco - Peru

Located on the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’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 Sachsayhuamán 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.

Cusco, Peru

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture, Site of historic significance, Church and museum, Churches and religious buildings, Historic architecture, Spiritual/Religious

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Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: None

Here are other activities in and around Cusco that may be of interest: The Stone Puma, Museo de Arte y Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Qoricancha Templo del Sol and Santo Domingo, Iglesia San Blas, Raqchi, Museo de Sitio Qoricancha, Museo Histórico Regional and Museo de Arte Religioso.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
23 Mar 2012

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