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“Great photo op”

The Company of Jesus Church
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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson
Ranked #21 of 168 things to do in Cusco
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great photo op”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

This is a beautiful church on its own. Visit for the late afternoon photo op of the Plaza from the towers at the front of the church. It's worth it!

Visited September 2013
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“The Good and the Good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is a must see with the help of a guide. I hired a women and learned more about the history and culture of the Inca people then I thought possible. Do not scrimp on the guide.

This church is beautiful and full of Inca culture. For instance the Jesus Christ that the Incas made for the church (all Inca carved) has the eyes looking down. Incas are not to look into the eyes of the king. So only the European imports show the eyes looking up. One of many many things I learned.

Take your time and do not rush.

Visited August 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Secrets revealed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

The Cathedral may be the primary sightseeing objective around the central plaza of Cusco - mainly because of the guineapig being served at the last supper in a famous painting - I found the adjacent jesuit church from around 1600 to hold much more interesting secrets.
Apart from paying an entrance fee you might also consider paying a local guide (they lurk just inside the entrance). I did and it resulted in a unique experience. My guide was a rather shy, young man from a local indian tribe. He showed my wife an myself around the churd and during the conversation did he not only explain the standard text but he also told us hoe the christian icons and symbols were percieved by the local indians. Highly interesting, because the syncretism tolereated by the jesuit priests 500 years ago apparently still lives on today.
Best of all, he also showed us the rather modest crypt, where two plaques commemorated a couple of recent missionaries. When quieried about one of these, a Peter Tantholdt Hansen, the guide told a fascinating story about a Danish lawyer using his last thirty years to work among the indians in the Andean mountains to improve their lives. The young guide made it clear to us that this man was still remembered as a living example to follow.

Visited April 2013
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“Lovely church no leaflet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

Lovely church,impressive altar and good views of plaza but overpriced at 10soles as there is no explanation leaflet and you are not allowed to take photos, which is odd as you can at every other church I have visited!

Visited September 2013
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“Nice and cold church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

The church is very nice on the outside and in the inside. The ticket allowed you to get inside the church, in the two towers (with a nice view to the plaza de armas) it also has a underground part with a very nice thing with the sounds... As soon as you get in some guides offers tours, I think you should take... I did cause i think is very nice to get to know the history behind it :)

Visited July 2013
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