"The Puno Cathedral" Peru Off The Beaten Path Tip by Paul2001

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  The Puno Cathedral
by Paul2001

Most travelers going through Puno do not attempt to catch its rather limited range of attractions. Instead they cruise Lake Titicaca and take in the floating islands. I tried to see something of the town of Puno itself as I a had a morning's time to kill. First off I visited the cathedral. It receives somewhat mixed reviews from travellers. This is probably because the interior in not as decorative as other major churches throughout Peru. Instead this 17th century cathedral is minimialistic for a baroque church. This probably reflects the austere manner that the local Aymara Indians approach their faith as opposed to elsewhere in Peru. However the facade of the cathederal is quite eleborately decorated as are the two towers. The cathedral dominates the Plaza de Armes as no other in Peru. This is because of the way it sit atop of the sloping square.

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  • Written Dec 15, 2004
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