Saturday, 26 December 2009


First stop on our touristic bus ride from Cusco to Puno.

We stopped to look at a chapel from the 16th century. It was really quite amazing, the walls were all painted with religious murals, some of which were covered by more recent paintings on canvas. Everything was quite old and a bit faded, the altars, the murals, even the benches.

The altars were all gilded with 24 caret gold, apparently the town used to be a residsence for Spanish royalty who preferred the climat to that of Cusco, which is a bit higher up and colder.

My favorite detail was the ceiling though, a fantastic combination of wood beams and colorful painted patterns.

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