As far as cathedrals go, this one is large, ornate, well appointed with gold, silver, and art work. As other reviewers point out, there are numerous "churches" within the naves and apses of the cathedral. Having learned a bit of history during my visit to Peru, I knew that this cathedral was built on top of a large, important Incan temple as part of the Spanish program to "civilize" the natives (they built churches on top of every Incan temple that they found to send the message that their god was more powerful than the Incan gods). That knowledge along with the fact that Spain (and the Catholic church) enslaved the native people and took their gold and silver to build this cathedral as well as many others put a damper on my enthusiasm for what would otherwise be an impressive monument. I did enjoy the Cusco school of art work, done by natives trained to imitate European religious art - the most famous of which is the last supper, featuring a Peruvian delicacy, guinea hen. It is worth the price of admission just to see this one painting.
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