Cusco Colonial Churches

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The Region of Cusco was conquered by the Spaniards soon a ter Inca Atahualpa was kidnapped and assassinated in Cajarnarca. The Spaniards rnade of Cusco one of the rnost irnportant cities of the viceroyalty of Peru. Many churches and beautiful Colonial-style houses were built around the City of Cusco with great artistic design and pieces of art. The beautiful valleys of the region followed the sorne faith, and nowadays it is possible to visit real museurn gerns of art.The Cityof Cusco and surroundings hove sorne much to offer that travelers who are spending only a few days here cannot possibly see everything.

Belowis a list of the most irnportant Colonial Churches and buildings in the Region of Cusco.

Cathedral of Cusco

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The area where the Cathedral is located was originally an Inca temple known as Kiswarkancha, which previously was the palace of Inca Viracocha (king prior to Pachacutec, whose rule beganin 1438) . Its design resembling a Latin cross, the Cathedral was built on the site of this Inca temple to implement and enforce Catholicism.

Location: Main Square of Cusco, District of Cusco, Province and Region of Cusco

Convent of Santo Domingo

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A visit to the Qoricancha and the Churchis usually included in the City Tour offered by the majority of tour operators and travel agencies. A visit to the Convent is usually not included, and it has to be visited at a different time.

Location: Santo Domingo Square, District, Province, and Region of Cusco

Distance from Cusco Downtown: 650 meters from the Main Square - 5 minutes by foot

Church of the Society of Jesus Cusco

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The area where the temple was built was assigned to the Catholic congregation known as Jesuits back in 157l. During the Inca era, an important temple, known as "Amaru Cancha," was built on thesame land.

Location: Main Square of Cusco, District of Cusco, Province and Region of Cusco

Distance from Cusco Downtown: It is located in the Main Square - 0 minutes by private  transportation

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