Saint John Baptist




The Church of San Juan Bautista of Huaro



Huaro is located very close to Andahuaylillas town. The road Cusco-Urcos divides them in two and it becomes their main street. The citizens have placed their commerce there and you can see the amount of ladies offering food to the travelers. Among them is Huaro bread, an every-day breakfast meal in the Cusquenian families.

The name Huaro refers to the voice Wari that is used to name a stone area. There are some preserved archaeological compounds around the town that are made of stone, like the Frog Cave which is worth asking for and visiting. They will surely make your trip even richer.

Due to the location of the road, Huaro square is really close. Huaro was one of the towns of the area that was used to reduce the citizens from the area and have more control over them. As you can see, the context is similar to the one in Andahuaylillas, two-story houses with tile cover and most of the walls made of soil brick. The streets are narrow, paved and some have irrigation channel in between.

These towns were called “indigenous towns”, the characteristic was a control system where they were forced to lose any relationship with their environment, their crop fields and believes in order to have a better political, economic and religious domain. This new urban areas became also great central areas for the evangelization process.

The square of the temple is quiet with a few people around. The main building is the temple, surely at one time there was also the chapter, the jail and some houses that belonged to important families. The “posa” chapels have unfortunately disappeared. They completed the square compound and were used to pray and rest during processions.

You can locate quickly the volume of the temple. It has simple and elegant characteristics, apart from the fine and beautiful façade, the bell tower stands out quickly in a three part bulrush with rounded arches, the entire base of the construction is made of stone and the cover has a coffered and frame worked wood structure. It was possibly built by the end of XVI century and beginning of XVII century.

It is preceded by a beautiful atrium worked with small river stones. It is a low atrium with just a few centimeters high compared to the square level. It looks like a natural projection of the square to the temple and the temple to the square. You can see a beautiful stone cross as part of this area. This element held the funeral rites. Most of the frontal and lateral spaces of the temples of that time were also training areas for the citizens.

The facade of the temple is made of Stone and has two pilasters in both sides. The niches that accompany them must have had some image inside originally. To crown the composition there The facade of the temple is made of Stone and has two pilasters in both sides. The niches that accompany them must have had some image inside originally. To crown the composition there

When you enter the temple you can see the importance of light in this kind of building, the half-light prevailing in the interior facing up the bright outside, the difference between the profane and sacred, between good and evil, conditions almost metaphysic translated in a room that should have this type of connotation.




Huaro Images




Colonial Clock
Traditional streets
Traditional dance
Temple View