Main Square
Known as Huacaypata or the Warrior's Square in Inca times, it was the scene of several key events in the history of Cusco . Each year, the spectacular Inti Raymi or Feast of the Sun took place there. Francisco Pizarro also proclaimed here the conquest of Cusco. With the arrival of the Spanish, the square was surrounded by a beautiful stone arcade, which embellishes the place until today.

The Cathedral
Located on the Main Square , it was originally built on top of the ancient temple of Suntur Wasi (God's House). Today, it is the Church of El Triunfo. Later on, a new cathedral was built over what used to be the Palace of Inca Wiracocha . The façade and interior are of Renaissance style. The interior is decorated with wooden carvings on cedar and alder. The carvings of Martin Torres and Melchor Huamán are remarkable. Also important are the choir, pulpit, woodcarvings found on altars and furniture, as well as paintings of important artists and silver works.

Quarter of San Blas
One of the most picturesque districts of Cusco . Known as the Artisans' Quarter, it is the home of the most renowned artists of the city. Its narrow and steep streets shelter beautiful colonial buildings. Family lodgings open to tourists allow them to share the famous Andean hospitality and friendship, customs and meals.

Church of the Compañia de Jesus
Located on the Main Square next to the Cathedral. Long ago, it was the Amaru Cancha (the Snake's Fence), a palace that belonged to the Inca Huayna Cápac and a splendid stone building. One can see there several famous paintings, such as the wedding of San Ignatius of Loyola's nephew with a native princess.

Church and Convent of La Merced
Located in Portal Mantas, it was founded in 1536. The church's tower is baroque stonework. Inside the sacristy, there is a gold monstrance decorated with precious stones.

Church and Convent of Santo Domingo
Located in Plazoleta de Santo Domingo and Av. El Sol, this is a Spanish construction built on top of the Inca temple of Korikancha or Temple of the Sun.

Located in El Sol and Santo Domingo St. , this is a Dominican church and convent. The Koricancha (Quechua for gold zone) was the main religious building of the Incas used to worship the sun. According to the chroniclers, its interior walls were covered by gold plates. As can be seen, the construction of the sanctuary used, as its base, the magnificent blocks of stone finely carved by the Incas.

Church and Convent of Santa Catalina
The architecture of this church and convent belongs to the last phases of the Renaissance and includes Roman style stonework.

Church and Convent of San Francisco
Located in Plazoleta San Francisco . Inside the convent there is a monumental painting that is 39.3-ft. ( 12 m ) x 29.5-ft. (9 m) and that relates the genealogy of the Franciscan family, painted by Juan Espinoza de los Monteros.

Archiepiscopal Palace
Located in the corner of Hatun Rumiyoc and Herrajes St. This museum of religious art is a construction from viceregal times with Arabian influence, built over the foundations of Inca Roca's palace.

Admiral's Palace
Located in Cuesta del Almirante 153 St ., this is the Inca museum sheltering a huge variety of findings from around Cusco, such as: pottery, textiles, gold and silver works and mummies dating from Inca times.

House of the Cuatro Bustos
Located in San Agustín 259, this old house dates from viceregal times. The façade shows four sculptures, a coat-of-arms and a shield.

House of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
Located in the corner of Heladeros St. , it was the house of the renowned chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. It was built over an Inca terrace and is the perfect example of viceregal architecture. At present, it is the Regional Historic Museum. Paintings of the Cusco School of Art can be appreciated there.

Located in Loreto St. , it was the House of the Virgins of the Sun. This place was used as the residence of chosen women or Virgins of the Sun.

Amaru Cancha
Located on the Main Square , this street was known before as Intiquijllu. It was the Inca Huayna Cápac's residence. The area is partially occupied by the Church of the Society of Jesus and San Antonio Abad University .

Kiswar Kancha
Located on the Main Square, next to the Church of the Society of Jesus. It was the residence of Inca Huiracocha's.

Located two blocks away from the Main Square , it was Inca Roca's residence. This is the place where the famous twelve angle stone is found and it is located on the street of the same name.

Located in the outskirts of the city

Located 1.2 miles (2 Km) away from Cusco and about 10 minutes by car or 25 minutes walking from the city's main square. It is an enormous construction of Inca times built as three platforms that are an average of 1,181 ft . (360 m) long. Stairs and stone doors connect the platforms. One of these doors is 30 ft . (9 m) high and 16 ft . (5 m) wide.

Located 1.8 miles (3 Km) away from Cusco and about 15 minutes by car from the city. It is thought to be a place of worship. There is a huge stone block of 19.3 ft. (5.9 m) high in the shape of a puma. There are also passages, channels and stairs with engravings representing animal shapes.

Located 4.3 miles (7 Km) away from Cusco and about 35 minutes by car from the city. Known as the Inca Baths, it is considered a place where water was worshipped.

Puca Pucará
Located 3.7 miles (6 Km) away from Cusco and about 30 minutes by car or 2 hours walking from the city. It was an administrative and military center formed by irrigation terraces, stairs, passages, towers and vaulted niches.

Information of Cusco
City Tour
Sacred Valley of The Inkas
Inka Trail
Sanctuary of Machupicchu
River Rafting
Archeological Park of Pikillacta
Nights in Cusco
Other Activities

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