Ancient Peru City of Cusco

On a walk through the streets of Cusco, the great walls and palaces built by the Incas exhibit the colossal architecture of the capital city of Tahuantinsuyo. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, they used the Inca stone structures as foundations for the churches, convents, and stately homes they built. This symbiosis forms part of the unique character of the city, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

The vast majority of Viceregal Art seen throughout the city, consisting principally of gold-framed religious paintings, transports us to the time when the mingling of Spanish and indigenous Andean cultures yielded the famous Cusco School.

Heirs to this legacy are the artists’ workshops of the traditional San Blas Neighbourhood, whose paintings, sculptures, and handicrafts are representative of Cusco’s artistic history.

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