The baroque colonial church of San Sebastian, in the Peruvian city of Cusco, filled with valuable works of art, is almost completely burned to the ground. That said the head of the department of culture of the city.
The fire destroyed 80 percent of the church, but also a Spanish statue from the sixteenth century and several paintings of the well-known native painter Diego Quispe Tito (1611-1681). Also the gold-covered altar went up in flames.
“All the people of San Sebastian cry. The church is to debris reduced, there is nothing, the entire cultural heritage of the district of San Sebastian is gone,” said districtsburgemeester Andmar Sicus Cahuana to the local newspaper El Comercio.
However, the largest part of the works of art saved from the flames, which, according to the first findings were the result of a short circuit. The church was four years ago for $ 1.5 million was restored by the Peruvian government. (Belga)