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THE ARCHIEPISCOPAL PALACE


Address: Intersection of the streets Hatunrumiyoc and Herrajes
Phone: 22-2781
Visiting Hours: Monday-Saturday from 8:00 to 11:30 and from 15:00 to 17:30; Sunday from 14:00 to 17:30
Description: Viceroyalty construction of Arab reminiscences erected on the bases of the former palace of Inca Roca. Current Museum of religious art. We must highlight the famous twelve-angle stone in the Hatun Rumiyoq Street, as well as the front, the balcony and the chapel. After the conquest, it was successively inhabited by different personalities such as the bishop Friar Vicente de Valverde, the marquis and marquise of San Juan de Buenavista and by the Valverde Contreras y Jarava, marquis and marquise of Rocafuerte.

 
 
Attractions Introduction
- Cusco Main
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- Archiepiscopal
  Palace
- San Blas District
- Regocijo or
  Cabildo Square

- Acllawasi
- Hatun Rumiyoc -
  Inca Roca's
  Palace

- Koricancha
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Façades and walls
The perimetric wall, made up by large stone blocks, constitutes an impressive testimony of the Incan past of this building. Above it, there is a simple adobe wall and a stone front with the carved coats of arms of its former owners. The bust columns, located at both sides of the main door, suggest that it is a late work, maybe from the XVIII century. Another outstanding detail of the façade is the square balcony, splendidly carved, which surrounds the mullioned window with a small column in the corner and lattices of Mudejar reminiscences.


Inner decoration
In the inside, the palace is connected by a large Renaissance yard with stone arcades and tiles on the walls. Around it, we can find the museum rooms that, since 1966, hold the collection of religious art formed by José Orihuela Yábar. The entire building was completely restored after the earthquake of 1950.




SAINT BLAS DISTRICT


Location: 4 blocks away from the Main Square
Description: It is one of the most picturesque communities of Cusco. It is characterized by its narrow and steep streets that zigzag among old colonial houses constructed with walls of Incan stone. It is a community of the city centre, which is also known as the Community of the Artisans, or the "District of the Artists", since it houses numerous workshops and stores of famous popular artists like Hilario Mendívil, Edilberto Mérida, Santiago Rojas and Maximiliano Palomino.

San Blas has family lodgings for tourists. This gives them the chance to share the hospitality and friendship of the Cusco inhabitants, as well as their costumes and foods.

During the Incan times it was one of the most significant districts of Cusco and its name was "T'oqo-kachi" (T'oqo = dip; kachi = salt). Just like other districts, it was inhabited by the Quechua nobility.



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