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Cathedral

142 Portal Espinar | Cusco, Peru
Cathedral Photo info
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  • Type: Churches/Religious Sites
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Amid the many splendors found in the Plaza de Armas, the sky-high Cathedral is one of Cusco's finest architectural displays. The building was constructed in 1550 with stones stolen from Sacsayhuamán. And if its cavernous baroque design doesn't wow you, the Cathedral's opulent ceilings, gold and silver altars, and ornate oil paintings certainly will. The Cathedral houses a world-renowned painting believed to depict the earthquake that shook Cusco in 1650. And across the building, you'll find a famous crucifix called Señor de los Temblores (Lord of the Earthquakes) who is said to have stopped the 17th-century earthquake from destroying the city. "Between the many, many 'Cusco school' paintings and the melding of Catholic and Andean indigenous influences, this is an absolutely fascinating church to visit," claims one TripAdvisor user.

Visitors can stroll through the Cathedral every day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission costs 10 PEN (about $3.75 USD) for adults and 5 PEN (just under $2 USD) for children. The Cathedral's cost of admission is included in the price of a Boleto Turístico ticket, which costs 130 PEN (roughly $47.50 USD) that provides access to 16 of Cusco's attractions.

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