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Church of San Blas (Iglesia de San Blas)

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Address: San Blas, Cusco, Peru
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One of Cusco's most beautiful churches

The thing that hits you right away is the gold altar. When the lights are on it is just spectacular. Lots of decoration all over the church. Rivals the cathedral. A must see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The thing that hits you right away is the gold altar. When the lights are on it is just spectacular. Lots of decoration all over the church. Rivals the cathedral. A must see. Best with a guide who can point out and explain what you are seeing. Che Guevara movie made it famous.

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Chesterfield, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In "The Motorcycle Diaries", Che Guevara wrote: "One of Cuzco’s jewels, worthy of the visits by each and every tourist, is the pulpit of the Basilica of San Blas. It has nothing more to show for itself except the fine carving, before which you pause, enraptured, and like the choir stalls of the cathedral it expresses the fusion of two... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

I popped in to this dear title church and so enjoyed some quiet contemplation away from noisy crowds. Such a simple church that has seen better days but worth a visit, really lovely inside. And time to walk up the few steps to admire the view (can take photos from here)

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Gatlinburg, TN
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

A beautiful example of the colonial style. Wish they would let you take pictures but oh well. It's a bit run down but the essence is still there.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is a beautiful and peaceful place. Must see if you are in the San Blas area of Cusco. Amazing artwork and architecture.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

It was our first church in Cuzco...and turned out to be perhaps one-tenth as impressive as the massive and impressive Cathedral we discovered later. This church is noteworthy for the gold-leaf altar. And the 'perspective' was from the belltower. I usually don't go up those sorts of things...but the walk up was short and the payoff -- a gorgeous unobstructed... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We were fortunate to have an English speaking guide through this beautiful building. The history and the architecture were certainly well worth the time to visit. A very informative experience.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

If you are visiting Cusco, you hopefully find all of this religious and Inca/Spanish history interesting. San Blas is know as the artsy center and the church is rather small compared to others in the city. For being so small they have a huge alter and gorgeous pulpit. You can walk up to the bell tower and get some nice... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We went with a guide who explained the history and the links to the incas who were here first. If you go either take a guide or a good guide book to explain it.

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Catholic church with a beautiful structure, good to know more about the process of colonization of Peru (near the viewpoint of San Blas)

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