The Cathedral of Puno is an 18th century church representing A...
The Cathedral of Puno is an 18th century church representing Andean Baroque construction.
It was built in 1757 on an ancient ceremonial site known as Supay Kancha, Quechua for Circle of the Devil by Peruvian master stonemason Simon de Asto.
The Cathedral's construction was underwritten by wealthy miners; their influence is reflected in entrance thats detailed in silver.
Much of the Cathedral's original artwork was destroyed by fire in 1930.
The main marble altar was designed by one of Peru's pre-eminent architects Emilio Hart-Terré, who died in 1983.
It features two religious icons dating back to the earliest years of Peru's Spanish Colonial period: La Virgin de los Remedios, or "Virgin of Remedies," and El Señor del Quinario, also known as "The Lord of the Bullet."
The name comes from a violent confrontation between rival factions of miners in the 18th century that resulted in a stray bullet that is still lodged in the painting. The Lord of the Bullet is venerated by local farmers, who appeal to the icon for rain.
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