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City of Cusco
On a walk through the streets of Cusco, the great walls and palaces built by the Incas exhibit the colossal architecture of the capital city of Tahuantinsuyo. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, they used the Inca stone structures as foundations for the churches, convents, and stately homes they built, forming a peculiar symbiosis that lent a unique character to the city, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
The vast majority of Viceregal Art seen throughout the city, consisting principally of gold-framed religious paintings, transports us to the time when the mingling of Spanish and indigenous Andean cultures yielded the famous Cusco School.
Heirs to this art are the artists occupying the workshops of the traditional San Blas Neighbourhood, whose paintings, sculptures, and sundry handicrafts are most representative of Cusco's artistic legacy.