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Museo de Arte y Monasterio de Santa Catalina - Museum Cusco - Peru

Built by the Spanish between 1601 and 1610 on top of Acllahuasi-where the Inca emperor once housed his chosen Virgins of the Sun-this convent and museum houses an interesting collection of colonial and religious art. Like other attractions in Cusco, the museum has a number of pieces from the Cusqueña School, an art movement emphasizing the union of both Inca and Spanish culture. In addition to baroque frescoes depicting Inca vegetation, the chapel also houses macabre statues of Jesus, beautifully painted arches and 17th century tapestries. Perhaps the highlight of this site is a series of 3-D figurines which recount the life of Christ. Objects such as this were popular devices used by the Catholic Church’s “traveling salesmen,” who were responsible for converting many of the indigenous people throughout Peru.


Calles Santa Catalina y Arequipa

Cusco, Peru

Museum, Historical Building

Price Description:

Entry with the Cusco Tourist Ticket or $3.25.

Open Hours from:9 a.m.

Open Hours to:5 p.m.

Days Closed:Sunday

Travel Skills: None

Contact Information:
Phone: 608-282/608-283

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

28 Feb 2012

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