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Iglesia San Blas - Historical Building Cusco - Peru

Iglesia San Blas is just one of the Cusco attractions located in the bustling artisan neighborhood of San Blas. Built in 1563, Iglesia San Blas is thought to be one of the oldest parishes in Cusco. Although unremarkable from the outside, this small, white-washed adobe church houses-according to some-one of the most exquisite examples of woodcarving in the world. Carved in a churrigueresque style from a single tree trunk, the famous cedar pulpit features intricately carved images of the Virgin Mary, apostles, cherubs, a sun-disc and bunches of grapes. Perhaps as interesting as the pulpit is the story that accompanies it. According to legend (you'll have to decide for yourself if it's true), in order to honor the carpenter who created the pulpit, his skull was placed inside the masterpiece, at the top beneath St. Paul's feet. While you're looking for the skull (let us know if you find it!) be sure to check out the baroque gold-leaf main altar.


Plaza San Blas

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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Open Hours from:Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Days Closed:Thursday

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

25 Jun 2012

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