Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Out of the Jurisdiction: Cuzco at Night

Plaza de Armas is a big square that is the centerpiece of Cuzco.

La Compania or the Company of Jesus Christ is a Catholic church at one end of the plaza.
Baroque in style, it was reconstructed in 1660 after one of the biggest earthquakes to hit Cuzco.

The cathedral is on the side.  It has three main parts, with the basilica in the center.  Constructed for over a century from 1559 to 1669, it has about 300 paintings in European styles, often by Peruvian artists.  It also has a wealth of ornate gold and silver decoration and a choir carved from cedar.

The plaza has been the heart of Cuzco since the time of the Incas.

A large fountain is near the center of the plaza.  An Inca king is at the top.

Apart from the church and cathedral, the plaza is ringed by two-story colonnaded buildings.

And welcome to Belmond Hotel Monasterio.


Tanya Breese said...

it's beautiful and i love all the little sparkly lights in the background!

joo said...

Beautiful night shots, Jack.

Luis Gomez said...

So gorgeous!

Kate said...

Wonderful night shots. I have watched and enjoyed your travels through the past few years but I am worried about you, Jack. I am afraid that so much travelling will befuddle your brain, and I recommend that you hire someone to guide you. I'd like to apply and wouldn't charge you a dime, shekel,or peco.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful at night, Jack!

RedPat said...

Everything is so ornate! It's amazing, Jack! I like the lights of the town in your background too.

jennyfreckles said...

I had no idea it was so beautiful with such ornate and very old buildings. Now you're making me want to visit and it was never on my list before!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful place and I like the golden light at night.