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OYÓN VALLEY MISSIONARY CHAPELS

OYÓN VALLEY MISSIONARY CHAPELS
Taucur, Andajes, La Chimba, Nava, Quichas, Mallay, and Rapaz, Peru
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BACKGROUND

The 40 surviving chapels in the Oyón Valley were built in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as part of a Spanish program to convert Peru’s indigenous population to Christianity. Built of adobe, the chapels represent a rich vernacular architecture and many contain vivid mural paintings, ornate polychrome altarpieces, and coffered wood ceilings. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Oyón Valley Missionary Chapels were included on the 2002 World Monuments Watch to raise awareness of their plight. In 2004, WMF, through its Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve Our Heritage, conducted an inventory of the churches, as well as documentation of conditions and implementation of emergency interventions at several sites. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The chapels’ artistic value and architectural style are unique to the central Andean region of Peru. Each church has a distinct plan and decoration, and collectively the chapels represent an important era in Peru’s history. The study and conservation of these chapels has provided a greater understanding of the artistic significance of these cultural sanctuaries in rural Peru.