The Neighbourhood of San Blas
San Blas, also called the atisan district, is located in the historical and monumental centre of Cusco, at only 2 blocks from the main plaza. Entering the district is like crossing a magical threshold. The steep, paved streets, the white walls, the balconies with its colourful flowers and uneven roof-tiles offer the visitor a different and pleasant experience. Come and you will be convinced! We invite you to enjoy this beautiful balcony of Cusco and discover in every other art gallery the demonstrations of our town.
When the Inca Pachacutec Yupanqui, the great architect of Cusco, ordered that the old city be redesigned in the form of a puma as the imperial capital of Tawantinsuyo, “the empire of the four quarters”, he ordered the builders to reserve a space for all the mitimaes who would come from the four corners of the known world. The mitimaes were groups of pilgrims who travelled guided by the principle of the creator god: the principle of sharing, or “ayni”.
From that time on every tribal group or community of the great empire would send its best craftsmen and wisest elders on the long pilgrimage to Cusco, the sacred city. Their duty was simple: “to share all they knew and to learn all they could”. This was the basis of the technological revolution that enabled the Incas to establish the greatest political structure ever seen in the Americas: Tawantinsuyo, the commonwealth empire of the four quarters.