MUSEUM of RELIGIOUS ART
Address: Corner of Hatunrumiyoq and Herrajes streets, in the old Archiepiscopal Palace.
Description: The large House where now we find the Religious Art Museum was built over the walls of Inca Roca Palace and it is situated one block far from the Main Square. During the Colony, it belonged to the Marquis of San Juan de Buenavista. Jose Orihuela Yabar founded the museum in 1969.
Exhibition: Collection of paintings of religious art. The collection is mainly composed by religious pieces exhibited in the different rooms of the House. It has one of the best samples of the Academy of Cusco. There are important pieces of Juan Zapata and other masters of the Andean painting. It also has a collection of pieces of the Academy of Cusco and colonial furniture. Colonial chapels in different styles. Decorated and carpeted rooms.
Telephone: (084) 22-2781 / 22-5211
Admission time: Mon- Sat from 8:00 to 11:30 and from 15:00 to 17:30; Sun from 14:00 to 17:30.
CONVENT and MUSEUM
Address: Santa Catalina 190. Plazoleta de Santa Catalina N° 401.
Telephones (084) 22-6032 / 22-3245
Admission times: Mon to Sat from 09:00 to 17:30 hours. Fri from 9:00 to 15:00.
The Santa Catalina Convent and Museum was built over the archaeological remains of the ancient Aclla Wasi or House of the Sun Virgins (in Quechua akllawasi, "House of the Chosen Girls"). The convent of Santa Catalina was founded at the beginning of XVII century. In 1975, the convent inaugurated this valuable museum. It has a wonderful collection of canvas of the Academy of Cusco and mural paintings as well. The numerous paintings about the life of Santa Rosa de Lima, The Virgin of Belen with Saint Jose and Saint Juan, the Elevation of the Virgin, Saint Rafael Archangel and the Twilight outstand in this collection. The museum has some pieces of Marcos Ribera, Francisco Padilla and Diego Quispe Tito, among others. Without any doubt, Santa Catalina has one of the most beautiful capitulary rooms in Peru. It is completely decorated with mural paintings and you may have guided visits. A detailed visit takes 30 minutes. At the end, you can buy delicious "mazapanes" (sweet mixture of flour) and creams prepared by the cloister nuns.
Exposition: Exhibition of religious art. Visit the Capitulary Room. Carpets. Colonial chasubles embroidered with golden and silver needles. "Retablos". Sculptures. Trunk (scene of the Bible: Old and New Testament). Furniture. Colonial fresh paintings. Paintings of the Academy of Cusco (syncretism of two cultures). Geometric stony figures.