Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, Cusco

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Standing proudly over Cusco's main square since 1654, Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion remains one of the city's most prominent religious and historical landmarks. The site dates back to before the 17th century, as the cathedral stands above the ruins of an Inca temple, some of whose stones were used in the current building's construction. Nowadays the cathedral houses a large collection of colonial art and welcomes countless worshippers every day. Stop by to feel the history and admire the architecture, both inside and out. Plan to visit Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Cusco attractions using our Cusco itinerary maker.
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One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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  • This cathedral is beautiful. Our guide shared many things that make this cathedral so unique. The only sad thing was that we could not photograph it!  more »
  • I've been through many churches, cathedrals, convents, etc. throughout Europe and elsewhere. I vowed I had seen it all and would not go again. However, our friends insisted we take a tour and view the...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous! It is amazing to see the detail in the wood work and in the altars within the cathedral. It's unfortunate that we were unable to take pictures inside to show the beauty!  more »