Within this urban planning the neighborhoods corresponded to the abodes of their Inca rulers. One of them was the abode of Inka Roqa and was located in the area of the old road to Antisuyo (the traveler can recognize this path by a plate located on the street where the Art Museum Archbishopric is located).
It was built with blocks of green diorite and polygonal style blocks. One of the stones forming the wall of the palace is the famous stone of twelve angles. Today, walking along this street you can see lots of travelers who stop to take pictures of the famous stone.
In this building you can see the combination of two architectural styles, first the colonial architecture style and on the other side, the Cusco style resulting in a mixture of two cultures and co existence of an abode of an Inca ruler and a marqueese palace.
In 1966, Monsignor Ricardo Duran Flores, who was elected Archbishop of Cusco took steps to transform the palace into a Museum of Religious Art, and with the support of Don José Orihuela Yábar he was able to achieve this project.
In the museum the visitors can see paintings, a collection of ivory crucifixes, furniture of incalculable artistic value, including a Baroque altarpiece gilded in 22 carat gold found in the present chapel of the Archbishop's palace. This altarpiece was brought from the Huaraypata hacienda.
The current Museum of Art Archbishop presents the architecture of a classical mansion of the colonial era, with a courtyard surrounded by archade corridors, Seville mosaic tiled sills and fencing. It has important works of Juan Zapata and other masters of the Andean painting, colonial furniture, colonial chapels in different styles, and completely decorated and carpeted rooms.
In the halls of the museum there are masterpieces of exceptional value such as: A painting of Christ Crucified by Alonso Cano known as "Granada", paintings of the Cusqueño Marcos Zapata, one Ayacuchana painting, a Quiteña painting, the latter two with embossed silver frames. There is an exceptional lounge with a door in arabesque style, a series of the zodiac by Diego Quispe Tito, chasubles and a cope embroidered in gold and silver threads.
One of the relics of the museum is a small organ of two processing refined bellows. Through research, it was determined that this was the first organ that came to Peru, for the cathedral in this city.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00hs.
Ticket (Parcial, only this museum):
Adults: S/ 15.00 (Nuevos Soles)
Students: S/ 7.50 (Nuevos Soles).
This museum is included in the Circuit of Religiuos Museums. This circuit allows the tourist to get to know the majestic viceroyalty (viceregal) world of Cusco and Peru. A privileged sample of art that combines a great diversity of styles: from the transition style, manierism, tenebrism, rococo, baroque, to neoclassic.
Our temples and museums host the most marvelous pieces of art created by Europeans, native and mestizo (half-breed) craftsman, so called maestros (Masters). A meeting of two cultures, a fusion of ideas and a double codification of values.
Museums of religious circuit are: The Cathedral of Cusco, Company of Jesus Temple, Museum of Religious Art, San Blas Temple.
The fee to access all museums that make up the circuit::
Adults S/. 50.00 (Nuevos Soles)
Students: S/. 25.00 (Nuevos Soles)
Adress to bye the Tickets:: Sala de la Santa Inquisición, Plaza de Armas, Cusco.
Telephone: +51 84 246799