Built between 1556 and 1669 on the site of the Inca Viracocha's palace, the monolithic cathedral dominates one side of Plaza de Armas. Full of treasures, it is one of the city's best repositories of colonial art and includes detailed carved altars and a sacristy full of portraits of priests from the past. It also holds the blackened crucifix that was paraded around Cusco in 1650 to stop a giant earthquake. There's also a very famous painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, at which Christ and his disciples are pictured feasting on Andean fruits and, instead of the usual Paschal lamb, there’s a vizcacha (a kind of wild chinchilla), commonly mistaken for a cuy (guinea pig).
Things to see in Cusco
Direccíon Regional de Industria y Turismo (DRIT)
Portal de Mantas 117-A
Tel: (84) 222 032.
Alternatively, iPeru (www.peru.info) have information offices in the main hall at Aeropuerto Velasco Astete.
It’s worth buying the highly cost-effective Boleto Turistico (www.cosituc.gob.pe), which provides access to the Museum of Contemporary Art and some Cusco ruins such as Saqsayhuaman and Pisac in the Sacred Valley. It’s sold in both the DRIT and iPeru tourist offices, and at the attractions themselves.