Saturday, July 10, 2010

Catholic Cathedral of Cuzco

The Catholic Cathedral dominates the main plaza of downtown Cuzco. 
The sides of the cathedral are lined with chapels.  All the wood is cedar from the Cuzco area, and was covered with either 18 caret or 24 caret gold leaf.

This 500 year old painting of the Last Supper hangs in the Catholic Cathedral. Notice the guiea pig on the table!  Curzo painters of this period tried as much as possible to include the local customs in their work.  Do you see Judas in the painting?  Note that all the other diciples and Jesus are light ..... Judus however was painted with brown skin.  Judas was evil..... as the Spanish pointed out.... just like the Inca who worshiped idols.

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