Iglesia Chongos Bajo

Iglesia Chongos Bajo

Chingos Bajo is a small town, population 4700, in the Chupaca province, Junín region.

It has nothing dramatic to draw tourists like some other areas in Peru. But it does have an interesting church.

The area was originally inhabited by the Wankas who then became part of the Inca Empire. Then the Spanish arrived. Chingos Bajo was one of the first towns created by the Spanish in Peru.

The church in Chongos Bajo was one of the first churches built by the Spanish in Peru, built in 1565.

Today the church retains much of it’s working character; not polished up to attract paying tourists, but a church that is used by the local population. It still has its original single nave architecture.

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