Thank you for visiting the Route of the Andean Baroque. If this guide reached your hands as a present from a relative or friend, we invite you to ask for us and schedule a day from your itinerary time in our city to visit the wonderful towns in the Peruvian Andes that we show you and to have the experience to go through their monuments full of art and history. You can also walk around the streets and squares and see some more about their people’s daily life.
The goal of this Visit Guide is for you to have a document full of references and photographs that remind you of your visit to the temples of the Route of the Andean Baroque. Here you can find basic information about their history and importance, the peculiar things about the towns where they are located, the characteristics of their architecture and pieces of art they have inside and a series of details that make them so relevant among our city’s touristic offer.
We have also prepared a high quality photograph file. This way, you will also have a record of images from inside the churches, the pieces of art, sculptures and canvas, which will always help you have in mind each one of the passages you lived in the Route of the Andean Baroque.
We are convinced of the magical experience that means knowing this rich heritage, that’s why we have done our best to spread, promote and preserve each one of the temples that are part of this route.
We hope you enjoyed the visit and that we can count on your presence again someday.
Our religious order, The Society of Jesus, was the last congregation to arrive to Peru. This was a result of the Viceroy Don Francisco de Toledo’s insistence of its presence in 1568. Three years later, we arrived to Cusco city to help the crown with the native evangelization.
To being this task, it was urged to own an area where we could build a temple and a school. Thanks to the help of some good friends that trusted our order, we acquired the current area where the Church of the Society of Jesus is located. There, a first construction was built in 1597. It was affected by the big earthquake of 1650 that struck the city. The Church was demolished, thus leading to the church we know today.
It was not long until the Crown interests and our way to see the world faced conflict. The different projects we were developing in the new lands, the process of the citizens’ evangelization, the strong fight for their rights did not take long to bother the monarchies of Portugal and Spain. It was Charles III who got the expulsion of our order from their domains.
After a long time, even long after the restoration of our order, is that we came back to Cusco in 1954 when we were trusted the Sagrario Parish and the Church of The Society of Jesus. Later in 1968, we were given the responsibility of the parishes of Urcos, Huaro and Andahuylillas in the Quispicanchi Province. A year later, this responsibility was expanded with the management of the parishes of Ccatca, Ocongate and Marcapata.
Since then, we have been devoted to the promotion of faith and social justice in this vast territory that besides Cusco includes almost all of Quispicanchi Province. We work in a series of programs that have the objective to give these lands’ citizens better living conditions.
For this reason the Jesus Obrero CCAIJO Association was created. At the beginning it was an agro-industrial training center and with time they have been incorporating many more activities according to the new challenges that the communities we serve have been facing.
In the last few years we have participated in the preservation and restoration of our temples. Each one of them is a very peculiar and magnificent example of Andean colonial architecture. As experts of the rich heritage that we have been asked to guard, we have the permanent commitment to keep this enclosures at their best, always looking after their history and originality.
We also see that due to these actions, the tourists’ visit to our towns have grown significantly. A number of institutions have focused in the art that the walls that this religious enclosures hide. The Peruvian government has also recognized the importance of the singularity of the baroque art in our region for our country.
With the desire that the visit to this monuments contribute to the economic development of their town and that they can facilitate investments in tourism that don’t attempt to the citizens’ interests, we proposed, from the Compañía de Jesús, the creation of what it is now known as the Route of the Andean Baroque, a new touristic corridor in which the Church of the Society of Jesus in Cusco, Church of San Pedro Apostol in Andahuaylillas, Church of San Juan Bautista in Huaro and the Chapel of the Purified Virgin of Canicunca are inscribed.