The Andean Baroque route in the Urubamba river’s southern valley gives tourists the opportunity to visit emblematic churches built by the Spanish in their first waves of colonization. Take this route to explore a critical period of Andean life, and to more deeply understand the complex relationship between ancient beliefs, and Catholicism.
Conversion to Christianity: only on the surface
Colonialism, churches religious conversion
Colonial churches along the route
The Church of Andahuaylillas
Because of its age and the high quality of its art, this church is one of the most renowned colonial buildings. It also houses the oldest organ in the Americas. The murals, painted by Luis de Reaño in 1626, are magnificent depictions of the roads to heaven and hell. Additionally, the church has a so-called door of languages. Here you’ll find Latin inscriptions translated into indigenous languages, including Quechua, Aimara, and Puquina. Mass is still offered here, just like other ancient churches of Peru.
The Church of Huaro
The Canincunca chapel
This structure, located in front of the mythic Urcos Lagoon, was constructed on top of an important pre-Columbian religious site. The Chapel honors the Purified Virgin, though the Virgin de la Candelaria adorns the front of the building.
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