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Chapel of the Purified Virgin

The Chapel of the Purified Virgin of Canincunca, located in the district of Huaro, province of Quispicanchi, in southern Peru, is an outstanding example of 17th century Andean Baroque. Built over an ancient Wari ceremonial center, this chapel presents a unique architecture and decoration that reflects the fusion of European and Andean artistic traditions. Its interior walls are richly decorated with murals and gold leaf ribbons depicting birds, flowers, fruits, and geometric symbols that recall the characteristic iconography of Andean Baroque. The chapel also has a mural in the choir loft depicting Saints Peter and Paul, and a pedestal painted with figures of Andean animals such as cranes and vizcachas.

This chapel is an integral part of the Andean Baroque Route, along with other churches and chapels in the region, such as the church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas and the church of San Juan Bautista de Huaro. These religious buildings are not only architectural testimonies of the colonial era, but also centers of religious devotion and unique artistic expressions that highlight the rich cultural heritage of southern Peru. The restoration and conservation of the Chapel of the Purified Virgin of Canincunca not only preserves its historical and artistic value, but also contributes to strengthening the identity of the local community and promoting cultural tourism in the region.


    • Address
      3S Road, Huaro, Perú
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
      Everyday from 10:00 to 16:00
    • What to see
      Impressive Incan-Baroque paintings

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