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Sacred Sites in Peru

Below is an illustrated index of the sacred sites and religious places in Peru profiled so far on Sacred Destinations, listed in alphabetical order by name. Please note this list is far from comprehensive - many more great sites remain to be added. You can also view these sites on an interactive map of Peru.

  • Arequipa Cathedral
    Arequipa, Peru
    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.
  • Cusco Cathedral
    Cusco, Peru
    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
    Cusco, Peru
    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
    Cusco, Peru
    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.
  • La Merced Church and Convent
    Cusco, Peru
    Erected in 1536 and rebuilt in 1680 after the great earthquake, this Minor Basilica and convent has a beautiful facade, fine cloisters, and two famous conquistadors buried in the crypt.
  • Museo Inka
    Cusco, Peru
    The main draw of this archaeological museum is its collection of Inca mummies. The museum is housed in a splendid colonial mansion, which was built over an Inca palace.
  • Museo de Arte Religioso
    Cusco, Peru
    Housed in a handsome archbishop's palace, the Museum of Religious Art contains a variety of colonial religious paintings.
  • San Blas Church
    Cusco, Peru
    This simple adobe church contains an ornate 17th-century pulpit considered one of the jewels of colonial art in the Americas. It is hewn from a single tree trunk and dominated by the triumphant figure of Christ.
  • Santa Catalina Convent
    Cusco, Peru
    The Monasterio y Museo de Arte de Santa Catalina was built between 1601 and 1610 over the ruins of the ancient Acllawasi, the "House of the Sun Virgins." It has fine frescoes and a good collection of paintings.
  • Lima Cathedral
    Lima, Peru
    Designed by Pizarro himself, this immense baroque cathedral also contains the conqueror's tomb.
  • Iglesia de San Francisco
    Lima, Peru
    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.
  • Machu Picchu
    Urubamba Valley, Peru
    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.
  • Nazca Lines
    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.