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SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS DE MARCAPATA

SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS DE MARCAPATA
Municipality of Marcapata, Peru
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BACKGROUND

Located in the Marcapata Valley, the church of San Francisco de Asís was built between the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and exemplifies the “Andean baroque,” a form of architecture that emerged from the intersection of Spanish and local culture during the colonial period. The rubble stone masonry is finished with an earthen render and capped with a thatched roof.

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HOW WE HELPED

Following the inclusion of San Francisco de Asis de Marcapata on the 2010 Watch, WMF and Obredecht are contributing to the development of a conservation plan for the church. The plan will be guided by documentation of existing conditions, analysis of erosion and deteriorated elements, and recommendations from conservation experts. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The construction of the Inter-Oceanic Highway presents a new set of challenges for historic towns like Marcapata. At a time of change, training and awareness efforts are needed to renew community connections to heritage and promote development that is sustainable and sympathetic to the historic fabric of the town. (...)