Exploring the Mysteries of the Andes

Cusco: Plaza De Armas

Plaza De Armas literally means “Weapons Square” and is based on the Roman principle that a central square should be reserved within the city plan for military practices and defence in case of attack. Generally, all Spanish Colonial cities have a similar square, surrounded by churches, mansions and municipal buildings. The church on the far side in this photo is the “Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesus”, which was built over the former palace of Wayna Qhapaq.

© Robin Heyworth – Photo taken 19th March 2002

Rainbow Over the Plaza De Armas in Cusco