Category Archives: Monuments and History

Monastery of Santa Catalina

Its full name is the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena of Arequipa. It is the only monastery in the whole world within which stands a citadel, whose streets are called by Spanish cities. Founded in the mid-sixteenth century by the Viceroy Francisco Toledo. The first prioress was the rich young Maria de Guzman, who […]

The archaeological site of Patallaqta

Patallaqta is located at kilometer 88 of the railway linking Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu. Patallaqta has a semicircle form and is raised next to a huge mountain. Patallacta is located on the edge of Urubamba River, at the beginning of the Inca Trail. It is part of a group of very rich archaeological sites, such as […]

Arequipa´s Cathedral

Built in the sixteenth century, Arequipa´s Cathedral had a history full of ups and downs and other issues related to the earthquakes and fires that suffered over the centuries. Like many other monuments in the city, is built with “sillar” stone of volcanic origin and their style is Renaissance with Gothic influence, with a long […]

Sabandia Mill

It is located 8 km from downtown Arequipa. Built with sillar, a volcanic white rock, in 1621 by Francisco Flores and then restored in 1973 by the Banco Central Hipotecario. It is one of the main tourist destinations in urban Arequipa. It is set in the middle of a vast agricultural valley. The mill used […]

Tipon: cult to water

It is one of the most amazing expressions of hydraulic engineering of the Incas. Besides it agriculture importance, it plays an important role in their cult to water, which originates in the Pachatusan mountain, the main Apu of Cusco city. It was probably built by Amaru Inca and the most peculiar thing is that the […]

Qorikancha

The “Golden Palace” was one of Cusco’s most important temples. In it, they worshipped the Sun king (Inti). In 1633, the Dominicans built their convent on top of it, which was generously decorated by the Incas with gold. It is also known as the Santo Domingo convent. The cedar decorations of the dome, the Spanish […]

San Jeronimo

The San Jeronimo church is located in the higher area of the main square. It was built in the XVI century and has a bulrush but no tower. It seems that the indigenous elite was installed in San Jeronimo, so they built this beautifull church for them. The interesting thing about this temple are the […]

Piquillaqta

Nos encontramos ante uno de los templos wari (600 – 900 dC), con influencia inca, más importantes de la región Cusco. Piquillaqta forma parte de un enorme complejo que incluyen más de 800 construcciones y en el que se calcula llegaron a vivir más de 10 mil personas. Se aprecian varios sistemas de canales y […]

The Museum of Waka de Huaro

This small museum is situated in the village of Huaro, known by the beauty and majesty of its church murals. The museum contains many stone remains from different cultures, such as monoliths, zoomorphic figures, magic stones, cooking and farming tools, and extraordinary petrogliphs. It is directed by anthropologist Renato Davila who shows his particular version […]

Tarwasi: The Inca Site and the Hacienda

This archeological complex is located in the Limatambo valley, one of the four tambos or rest areas in the Inca Empire. According to numerous studies, it was a ceremonial center as well as a royal chamber. The complex has two terraces formed by polished poligonal stones, perfectly fitted with one another to form flower figures. […]

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