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Plaza San Francisco

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Plaza San Francisco

 

From Plaza Regocigo walk one block up Calle Garcilaso to Plaza San Francisco, a wide open square with Iglesia San Francisco dominating the far corner. The plaza itself is not particularly attractive and more of a place to pass through on the way to visiting San Pedro Market. There is also plenty of parking for the larger tour buses which aren't allowed into the centre of town or around the Plaza de Armas, so many tours start or finish from Plaza San Francisco. Most of the buses returning from the train stations of Poroy & Ollantaytambo after visiting Machu Picchu drop their passengers off here. The plaza is also frequently used for street entertainment, food festivals and events such as concerts.

 

 

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco (San Francisco Church & Convent)

 

Museum open 9am-midday & 3-5.45pm Mon-Fri, 9am-midday Sat.  admission S/.5

Church 6.30-8am & 5.30-7.30pm Mon-Sat, 6.30-midday & 5-8pm Sun admission free

This church, built in 1572, has three naves and built in the shape of a cross. It is one of only a few churches in Cusco to survive the 1650 earthquake.

The museum houses an enormous painting measuring 12 x 9 meters painted by Juan Espinoza de los Monteros showing the family tree of St Francis of Assisi, the founder of the order. The painting is said to be the largest in South America. Also of interest are two macabre crypts piled high with human bones.

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