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38 Free photos of Cusco, Peru (from streets of the city)  

Free photos taken from walking the streets of Cusco, Peru. There are two other sets of Cusco pictures, one from the guided (with bus) city tour, and the other from the Sacred Valley.

Cusco (also Cuzco), and in the native Quechua language Qusqu, is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cusco Province. The city has a population of about 300,000, triple the population it contained just 20 years ago. The altitude of the city, located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cusco, is around 3,500 m (11,500 feet). The historic capital of the sun-worshipping Inca empire, it has been found in 2006 to be the spot on Earth with the highest ultraviolet light level.

(Adapted from: Arequipa, Peru. (2008). From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)

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Photo of Cathedral in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of courtyard of Hostal Rumi Punku in Cusco (Cuzco), Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of breakfast room in Hostal Rumi Punku in Cusco (Cuzco), Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire
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Photo from Hostal Rumi Punku in Cusco (Cuzco), Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire
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Photo of guardian bulls on rooftop in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of street in front of Hostal Rumi Punku in Cusco (Cuzco), Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire
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Photo of Hostal Rumi Punku in Cusco (Cuzco), Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire
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Photo of the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of rooftops of Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of houses stretching up the hillside in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of indigenous clothing in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of cathedral at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of cathedral at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of fountain at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of cathedral at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of cathedral at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of arches over store fronts at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of fountain at a plaza in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of street in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of street of Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of election signs on hillside Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of church and plaza in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of street in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of church and plaza in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of Lion's Club in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of snow covered mountains near Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of Statue on a church in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of Christ on a hilltop over Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of cathedral at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of the market in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of government building in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of offices and shops in a building with courtyard Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of cathedral at the Plaza de Armas at sunset in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Photo of cathedral at the Plaza de Armas at sunset in Cusco, Peru - the Capital City of the Inca Empire.
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Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire. Many believe that the city was planned to be shaped like a puma. A road led from each of the four quarters to the corresponding quarter of the empire. Each local leader was required to build a house in the city and live part of the year in Cusco, but only in the quarter of Cusco that corresponded to the quarter of the empire he had territory in. After Pachacuti, when an Inca died his title went to one son and his property was given to a corporation controlled by his other relatives (a process called split inheritance), so each title holder had to build a new house and add new lands to the empire, in order to own the land his family needed to maintain after his death.

The first Spaniards arrived in the city on November 15, 1533. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, officially discovered Cusco on March 23, 1534, naming it the "Very noble and great city of Cusco". The many buildings constructed after the Spanish conquest are of Spanish influence with a mix of Inca architecture, including the Santa Clara and San Blas barrios. The Spanish undertook the construction of a new city on the foundations of the old Inca city, replacing temples with churches and palaces with mansions for the conquerors. During the colony, Cusco was very prosperous thanks to the agriculture, cattle raising, and mining as well as the trade with Spain. This allowed the construction of many churches and convents, and even a Cathedral, University and an Archbishopric. Often, Spanish buildings were juxtaposed atop the massive stone walls built by the Inca.

A major earthquake in 1950 badly destroyed the Dominican Priory and Church of Santo Domingo, which were built on top of the impressive Coricancha (Temple of the Sun). The city's Inca architecture, however, withstood the earthquake. Many of the old Inca walls were thought to have been lost after the earthquake, but the granite walls of the Coricancha were exposed, as well as many walls throughout the city. While some wanted to restore the buildings to their colonial splendor, a contingent of Cusco citizens urged city officials to retain the exposed walls. Eventually they won out. Cusco was also hit by a major earthquake in 1650.

(Adapted from: Arequipa, Peru. (2008). From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia and from the Embassy of Peru)











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