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Church of St John the Baptist

The Church of San Juan Bautista in Huaro, built by the Jesuits in the sixteenth century in the Huaro district, south of Cusco, is an outstanding example of Andean Baroque. Its importance lies in the impressive mural paintings that decorate both the walls and the ceiling of the temple. Created by local artists between 1675 and 1802, these masterpieces blend indigenous and colonial beliefs and iconography, depicting biblical scenes from the Old and New Testaments. The chapel is a testimony of the evangelization process and the adaptation of Catholicism to the Andean cosmovision, highlighting the artistic skill and creativity of local artists.

The church of San Juan Bautista in Huaro stands out as one of the most impressive for its abundance of murals, religious sculptures and the richness of paintings of the Cusquenian school. Its murals depict the religious afterlife, from death to glory, with an intensity of color and a variety of figures ranging from man-eating monsters to angels, and from dragons to unicorns. These masterpieces, rich in symbolism and detail, create a stunning visual experience that continues to inspire awe and admiration even after 500 years.

The church of San Juan Bautista de Huaro is an essential stop on the Andean Baroque Route, along with other churches in the region. These buildings are not only outstanding examples of colonial architecture and art, but also reflect the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the Andean 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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