La Compania de Jesus Church

Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus (Church of the Company of Jesus)

 

Plaza de Armas. Admission S/.15 open 9-11.30am & 1-5.30pm

 

La Compania de Jesus church is located on the south-east side of the Plaza de Armas and rivals the Cathedral in grandeur and prominence. The original structure was built in the 1570's by the Jesuits on the site of Inca Huayna Capac's palace, known as Amaru Cancha or Palace of the Serpents and was said to be the most beautiful of all the Inca palaces). Huayna Capac was the last Inca to rule over an undivided, unconquered empire. The first church was destroyed in the earthquake of 1650. The present day building was finally completed 18 years later in 1668.

 

The most impressive feature of La Compania is the incredible baroque facade with two majestic bell towers. The interior is cool and a little gloomy apart from a stunning gilded altar-piece which is often lit up at night. The church also posses several important works of art from the Cusquena School.

 

On the right hand side of the church is the Lourdes Chapel which is now used as an exhibition centre to display local paintings and handicrafts.

La Compania de Jesus Church, Cusco
La Compania de Jesus Church at night, Cusco
La Compania de Jesus Church, Plaza de Armas, Cusco
La Compania de Jesus Church, Cusco

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La Compania de Jesus Church, Cusco
La Compania de Jesus Church at night, Cusco
La Compania de Jesus Church, Plaza de Armas, Cusco
La Compania de Jesus Church, Cusco