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City of Cusco
Walking through the streets of Cusco, visitors can see the great walls and palaces built by the Incas that exhibit the colossal architecture of the capital city of Tahuantinsuyo. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, they used the Inca stone structures as foundations for building their churches, convents, and mansions, forming a peculiar symbiosis that lent a unique character to this 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 leaf-framed religious paintings, transports us back to a time when the mingling of Spanish and indigenous Andean cultures produced the famous Cuzco School.
The heirs to this art are the artists occupying the workshops of the traditional San Blas Neighbourhood, whose paintings, sculptures, and various handicrafts are the most representative of Cuzco's artistic legacy.