I’ve had a great first full weekend in Cuzco! On Saturday morning we took a walk from the Plaza de Armas, the historic center of Cuzco to the statue of Cristo Blanco. Cristo Blanco is a statue of Jesus Christ overlooking a beautiful view of the city. It was a gift from the Palestinian refugees who settled in Cuzco after World War II. It was a beautiful morning walk.
This morning I went to the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgen with my host family. The cathedral is located right on the Plaza de Armas and is also sometimes just known as the “Cusco Cathedral.” The architecture is absolutely gorgeous and the Spanish influence is very clear. All of the saints and the virgens from the parade on Corpus Christi were displayed. The celebration of Corpus Christi was this past Thursday the 26th. A key difference between the Catholic and Protestant religion is that Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the Body of Christ, not just a representation or symbol, and this is where the celebration of Corpus Christi comes from. My favorite part of the cathedral was definitely seeing el Señor de los temblores or the “Lord of the Tremors.” My host mom told me that there is a procession every Monday of Holy Week and everyone goes to the Plaza de Armas to watch and take part in it. After experience the Corpus Christi festivities, I would love to experience Cuzco during Holy Week.
Overall, I was astounded by the beautiful details of the artwork, furniture, and altars. The Catholic religion is inextricable from cusqueña history and culture. I’m looking forward to continue to explore Cuzco and learn about the rich history and culture of this amazing city.