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Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús (Jesuit Church) - one of the best examples of colonial Baroque architecture in all of the Americas. The construction of this church began by the Jesuits in the late 16th century but then was almost entirely demolished by the disastorous earthquake of 1650 that leveled a great portion of Cusco. Rebuilding began once again and it was finally completed almost 20 years later.
The Jesuits wanted to make this church the most magnificent of all the churches in Cusco but the archbishop of Cusco said that its splendor could not rival that of the cathedral and so the bickering grew to such a point that the pope, then Pope Paul lll had to be called in to arbitrate. The pope was in favour of the cathedral but by the time that the pope’s ruling reached Cusco, Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús was almost finished, complete with its gorgeous baroque facde that makes this church one of Cusco’s most ornate churches.
As seen from Plaza de Armas.As seen from Loreto Street, a pedestrian-only side street just off of Plaza de Armas.
Gorgeous baroque architecture.
Amazing detailing - stunning!
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