Andahuaylillas

Cusco Surroundings, Andahuaylillas, Church Of San Pedro

Andahuaylillas is considered as the "Sistine Chapel" of America due to the quality of its art pieces.

The name was later Spanished into "Andahuaylas"; but as a bigger province having the same name existing in the Apurimac department, its name was transformed in a diminutive way for avoiding confusions.

It is a small town at about 10,492 feet above sea level, the weather here is very good, because is surrounded by mountains. Is also the head of the district of the same name, the providence of Quispicanchis, is located at 21.7 miles to the southeast of the city of Cusco, through the road that leads to the city of Puno.

Andahuaylillas is a very welcoming small town, with a healthy warm climate as consequence of being surrounded by mountains on the left bank of the "Vilcanota" river that in lower regions is named "Urubamba". Its lands have a privileged fertility and its people are tranquil and friendly.

Its principal point of interest is its only church, San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, constructed in the 17th century and considered a piece of Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The interior, profusely decorated with wall paintings, is simply incomparable. It also contains paintings by the Cusqueña School and Baroque altars of carved wood.

 

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