Notes on the Geography of Peru: Cusco: Photo 4
Here's a better view. The cathedral, on the left, was built on the handy footing of an Inca hall big enough to serve as a barracks for the conquistadors. The Jesuit church is said to stand on the foundations of another Inca building. The Inca buildings, though of the highest importance, were both one-story affairs, like almost all Inca buildings: the roofs were thatched on poles, which meant that fires during the Conquest did the Spanish a favor, leaving them a kind of blank slate on which to rebuild according to their own needs and tastes.
Both of these churches in particular were built with stone commandeered from Inca structures for which the Spanish had no use.
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