Rural Temples of Cusco

Rural Temples of Cusco is part of the Tentative list of Peru in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.

Map of Rural Temples of Cusco

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Kyle Magnuson

California - United States of America - 08-Aug-19 -

Rural Temples of Cusco (T) by Kyle Magnuson

The Church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes" was mostly lost to me in 2009. Its hard to appreciate such a structure without information and during a pit-stop on the way to Puno! Granted, the church does not take much time to explore, its murals and elaborate interior are exceptional. Considering this nomination has 10 components, this can barely be counted as a visit. However, since The Church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas is one of the key properties I though I would write a review.

Between Cuzco and Puno, bus routes can be organized (at least as far back as 10 years ago) to stop at Andahuaylillas and Raqch'i for a limited amount of time. As I sleepily exited the bus, I appreciated the exterior of the church, but it's something else altogether to cross the threshold into the church where gold and murals await. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the interior (or I tried), but the light was poor and the images were immediately deleted because of poor quality. I also remember having battery issues with my camera at the time, leading to a tight economy on pictures!

The proposed nomination may be underwhelming for some, but Peru is under-represented on the world heritage list and even their average tentative list entries are arguably worthy of inscription. Sites like the Church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas were built over a pre-columbian ceremonial space, the emphasis on indigenous murals, and the importance of these churches as the doctrine temples of the indigenous people in the vicinity of Cuzco might be enough to claim OUV.


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Rural Temples of Cusco
2019 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Rural Temples of Cusco

The site has 10 locations

Rural Temples of Cusco: San Salvador de Oropesa (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: San Jerónimo de Colquepata (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: San Pedro de Andahuaylillas (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: San Juan Bautista de Huaro (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: Capilla Virgen Purificada de Canincunca (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: San Juan Bautista de Ccatcca (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: San Pablo Apóstol de Ocongate (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: San Francisco de Asís de Marcapata (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: Virgen Inmaculada de Checacupe (T)
Rural Temples of Cusco: San Martín Obispo de Tours de Huarocondo (T)
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