Category Archives: Monuments and History

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. [...]

The Wiracocha God Temple

Raqchi is located 115 kilometers from Cusco in the highway to Puno, 3550 meters above sea level. It is a huge archeological site from the fifteenth century, dedicated to the god Wiracocha and made up of more than 180 buildings, including houses, halls and colcas or circular stone deposits. The main characteristic of this place [...]

San Sebastian Church

The district of San Sebastian is located at aproximately 6 kilometers from Cusco’s center. In the Main Square we can find its magnificent church, which greatly resembles Cusco’s Cathedral. It was founded in 1560 by viceroy Hurtado de Mendoza and retouched at the end of the 17th century by bishop Mollinedo. Its importance rests on [...]

El convento de la Merced

El convento se encuentra en el centro de la ciudad y fue construido de piedra y cedro de Nicaragua en 1650. En su interior hay tumbas de personajes ilustres como Diego de Almagro y enormes cuadros del pintor Ignacio Chacón. Una de las piezas más importantes que se pueden contemplar es la custodia de unos [...]

La andenería de Zurite

Los andenes de Zurite, pequeña población ubicada en las pampas de Anta, son las superficies ganadas para el cultivo más grandes de la región del Cusco. Algunos tienen una anchura de100 metros y un largo de 1 kilómetro con muros de contención de piedra de hasta 4 metros de alto. Toda la zona tiene muchos [...]

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