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Ayacucho

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City of Churches

Ayacucho remains best known for its 33 churches, with one to represent each year of Jesus' life. While the area was inhabited by various indigenous cultures for thousands of years, the city was officially established by Francisco Pizarro in 1540. Relatively isolated and in many ways disconnected from mainstream Peru, the city was the center of the Shining Path revolutionary movement in the 1980s and 1990s. This spirit of separateness and identity has carried on in less destructive ways in recent times, with major Ayacucho attractions modernized in a way that's sensitive to the area's colonial heritage. With well-maintained cobblestone streets and nicely decorated architectural sites sitting alongside newer developments, Ayacucho tourism is poised to burst onto the world scene in a very big way. Ayacucho is in Ayacucho Region. Before you visit Peru, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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