This well-preserved ancient ceremonial site high on a mountain ridge in Peru contains the ruins of a large Inca palace, temples and other buildings.
A high plateau in southern Peru is home to the remarkable Nazca Lines - giant earth drawings of a hummingbird, monkey, spider, lizard, and other shapes created between 200 BC and 600 AD.
Built in 1656 and reconstructed after an 1868 earthquake, Arequipa Cathedral is a fine example of Spanish colonial architecture but is especially notable for its immense size. Its huge facade dominates an entire side of the Plaza de Armas in the center of the city. Inside is the largest organ in South America, a gift from Belgium.
Iglesia de San Francisco
Built in 1674, this Franciscan church is considered the finest example of the "Lima Baroque" style of architecture. Inside are Mudejar ceilings, an antique library, and catacombs containing the bones (some artistically arranged) of over 75,000 people.
Designed by Pizarro himself, this immense baroque cathedral also contains the conqueror's tomb.
This Baroque cathedral was built on the foundations of the palace of the Inca Wirachocha. Construction began in 1550, using stones looted from the hillside Sacsayhuaman fortress, and completed a century later. It is considered one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in the Americas.
Koricancha and Santo Domingo
The combined sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo vividly illustrate ancient Andean culture's collision with Western Europe. The extraordinarily crafted Temple of the Sun at Koricancha was the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire, and part of the Dominican cloister has now been removed to reveal its architecture.
La Compañía de Jesús
The elegant Church of the Society of Jesus rivals Cusco's cathedral in grandeur. Like the cathedral, it was also built on the site of an important ancient palace, that of the Inca Huayna Cpac.
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