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Huamanga Cathedral

Cathedral of Ayacucho
Cathedral of Ayacucho
Basic information
Location Ayacucho District, Ayacucho, Peru
Geographic coordinates
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Basilica
Leadership Archbishop of Ayacucho
Architectural style Baroque
Groundbreaking 1632
Completed 1672

The Catedral Basílica Santa María (also known as the Cathedral of Ayacucho) is the main baroque cathedral in its namesake city. It is under the ownership of the Catholic Church and was declared a Historic Cultural Heritage of the Nation of Peru in 1972.[1][2] It is located in the Plaza de Armas. Its architecture is renaissance baroque. It is built with pink stone in the center and gray stone in the towers. Its construction began in 1632 and ended in 1672. It is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Peru, especially for its interiors decorated with a Churrigueresque style. It is the main and largest temple in Ayacucho.


It has 4 doors of arches (three in the main facade and one on the north side of the temple.) The central portal of the main facade is flanked by double Corinthian columns resting on pilasters that finish four areas. In the intervals of these columns there are two niches occupied by statues of the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. The body of the temple has two posterior towers; the south side is made out of stone, while the north side is made out of brick and lime. They have arches, only one in the major sides and two arches on the lateral sides. From what proceeds, it follows that the architectural style of the renaissance baroque facade. It has three naves and chapiters built in hewn stone bearing 16 high vaults and a beautiful domed octagonal triangular base. From this temple, the procession of the Risen Christ beings at dawn on Easter Sunday; concluding Holy Week.


  1. ^ "Basílica Catedral". Mincetur. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  2. ^ AARÓN ORMEÑO. "Las iglesias de Ayacucho, joyas de la arquitectura [VIDEO]". Retrieved 19 August 2015. 

External links

  • (Spanish) Ayacucho República Aristocrática photo gallery
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