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The district andahuaylillas, is one of the eight that make up the Province of Quispicanchi, Department of Cuzco, Republic of Peru. It limits to the north with the province of Paucartambo; to the east, with the district of Urcos; to the south, with the district of Huaro and the province of Acomayo and to the west, with the district of Lucre.
The name of the district, formerly was Antawaylla, (anta: cooper, waylla: prairie, and both united words mean "coppery prairie"). Later, the name was changed to that of Andahuaylas, but as it coincided with the name of a larger province in the Apurimac region, it was decided to use the diminutive Andahuaylillas.
Their lands enjoy a privileged fertility, their people are calm and friendly.
Law of Creation
The district was created by Law of January 2, 1857, given in the government of President Ramón Castilla.
San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas Church
Location, distance, altitude and climate
It is located in the Department of Cusco, Province of Quispicanchi, District of Andahuaylillas. 36 km from the city of Cusco and 45 minutes approx. traveling by bus The town of Andahuaylillas is located at 3150 meters above sea level and due to this it has temperatures max. of 20.9ºC and min. up to 0ºC.
San Pedro Apóstol (Andahuaylillas Church) was built by Jesuits in the sixteenth century over a pre-Columbian huaca, or ceremonial space. The construction of the current temple started in 1570 with the creation of a small chapel corresponding to the existing apse and sanctuary; the nave and façade were completed in 1606. Much of the interior was decorated by Luis de Riaño, a student of Angelino Medoro, in the 1620s. It is often called the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes" because of the beauty of its mural painting. The sanctuary has a polychrome ceiling in the Mudéjar style built using a pre-Hispanic construction method called kur-kur which combines cane, straw, and mud instead of wood. Andahuaylillas is a small town located 25 miles (41 kilometers) from the city of Cusco, at 10,000 feet (3,100 meters) above sea level. Its 6,000 inhabitants are mainly involved in agriculture and cattle-raising, although in the past few years the town has seen an increase in tourism and the migration of its young to larger cities looking for job opportunities. The function of San Pedro Apóstol is mainly religious, although the parish also supports social programs and economic development initiatives.
2008 World Monuments Watch
Between 2008 and 2011, WMF and WMF France provided funds to develop and implement a comprehensive conservation plan for the church to include the restoration of the choir, main façade, chapels, sanctuary artesonado ceiling, altars, mural paintings, paintings on canvas, and religious statuary. The project also included the cataloguing of artistic objects, the installation of an alarm system, and the implementation of a public information program titled “Abierto por Obras” (Open for Restoration). The WMF project team, the Parish of Andahuaylillas, and the National Institute of Culture (now Ministry of Culture) collaborated on the landmark designation for the historic town of Andahuaylillas, which was achieved in 2010. In 2009, a three-year youth heritage program was launched, aimed at promoting interest among the local youth, encouraging them to explore the works of their ancestors and providing them with the skills and opportunities that will enable them to become actively involved in the protection, interpretation, and promotion of their cultural heritage. After the completion of their training program in 2012, the group formed a non-for-profit association called “Grupo Patrimonio Qoriorqo,” and they are currently working on the documentation of local traditions, the development of an interactive map of Andahuaylillas, the organization of Heritage Day 2013, and the organization of a series of workshops aimed at engaging the local authorities, school teachers, students, and community leaders in the protection of the heritage of the entire province of Quispicanchi. On October 31, 2012, members of the community, officials, and representatives of WMF, and other funders celebrated the completion of the four-year conservation and restoration project at an event in the church. Additional WMF funds were provided in 2013 to support a final phase of work, which includes seismic retrofitting of the choir, sanctuary arch, and tower, waterproofing for the nave roof, conservation of the rediscovered mural painting of the Immaculate Virgin, and the publication of a book about the history and restoration of the church and the town of Andahuaylillas.
Repeated seismic activity and some inappropriate previous interventions have caused structural instability of the façade, balcony, and bell tower. In addition, the Mudéjar-style painted ceiling of the sanctuary is in precarious condition due to roof leaks, insect infestation, and the effect of earthquakes. Work was done on the ceiling in the 1980s but the problems persisted, and another earthquake will likely cause the loss of its decorative elements. San Pedro Apóstol is an important historic and artistic resource for the region, and the cultural and religious center of Andahuaylillas. It is important to preserve the monument within its context. Obtaining legal protection for the preservation of the historic town and raising public awareness about the need to conserve this heritage are essential.
Its capital, the town of Andahuaylillas is located 40 kilometers from the city of Cuzco, standing out for its colonial architecture.
Its main square is surrounded by old houses and has pisonay trees.
The most outstanding attraction of this town is the church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas that was built in the seventeenth century. The interior is profusely decorated with wall paintings, baroque altars of carved wood and has canvases from the Cuzco Painting School that developed at the beginning of the Hispanic presence.
How to get?
To get to Andahuaylillas and other places close to it, you have several options starting from the city of Cusco
By taxi: from anywhere in the city. Approximate price of S /. 30.00
In collective: they leave every 10 min. from the "Paradero de Urcos" on the Avenida de la Cultura (opposite the UNSAAC). Approximate price of S /. 3.50.
In minibus: leave approximately every 15 min. to two corners before the "Paradero de Urcos" on the Avenida de la Cultura (opposite the UNSAAC). Approximate price of S /. 3.00.
By bus: they leave approximately every 15 min. from the "Paradero de Urcos" on the Avenida de la Cultura (opposite the UNSAAC). Approximate price of S /. 2.00.
There are also many tourist agencies that organize excursions from Cusco.
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