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Church of St Peter

The church of San Pedro Apostle of Andahuaylillas, built at the end of the XVI century, stands out for its Baroque splendor in contrast to its austere Renaissance exterior. Its interior is an explosion of gold, carvings and paintings that astonish the visitor and reflect the intense evangelization of the indigenous population during the colonial period. The murals, commissioned by the parish priest Juan Pérez Bocanegra, depict the duality between the road to heaven and the road to hell, and are an outstanding example of Andean Baroque art. It also has a ceiling decorated in the Mudejar style, canvases luxuriously framed with gold leaf, and a baptistery with inscriptions in five languages, testifying to its importance as a center for the translation of indigenous languages in the Archdiocese of Cuzco.

The mural paintings, especially the pair representing the two ways of existence, stand out for their simple symbolism and expressive power, and are mostly attributed to the painter Luis de Riaño. This church, which was administered for a time by the Jesuits, is an emblematic monument of the cultural syncretism between European and Andean traditions, showing the ornamental richness and religious intensity that characterized the colonial period in Latin America. Its historical and artistic importance positions it as one of the unmissable destinations of the Andean Baroque Route, attracting travelers and tourists eager to contemplate its architectural and artistic majesty.

    • Address
      San Martin St, Andahuaylillas, Perú
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
      Everyday from 7:30 to 17:30
    • What to see
      Impressive Incan-Baroque paintings

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