The building stands on the site of an Inca palace, and was built from stone blocks removed from the nearby Inca city of Sacsayhuaman by the triumphant conquistadors.
The elaborately decorated cathedral was built from 1559 to 1654 on the city’s main square, Plaza de Armas, and is filled with colonial artworks, artifacts and richly decorated chapels.
The most famous artwork is a Last Supper painting by Marcos Zapata featuring a meal of local guinea pig served with an Inca corn beverage.
The highly ornamental facade features two domes flanking the chapels and nave, built in a Gothic-Renaissance hybrid style.
This was a very informative time. I was lucky enough to be the only one on the tour so was able to practice my Spanish with the tour guide. Fun!
Tour bus and guide picked us up promptly from the hotel. The tour included a stop to the local indoor market that was interesting as we learned a little more of the local culture. The other stops are cathedrals, basilica and a museum.