- The order of Nuestra Señora de la Merced was the third Catholic order to arrive in Cusco, having founded its convent in 1542. The tower of the church is of Baroque style and has one of the most beautiful Baroque-Renaissance cloisters in Peru. The church keeps an incredible collection of goldwork on hand. Pieces of gold and precious stones, some weighing 22 kilograms and about 1.3 meters in height, are some of the biggest in the world. Buried underneath the main altar is the body of conqueror Diego de Almagro, right next to Gonzalo Pizarro, the first Spanish person to have arrived in Cusco.
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