A fter 47 years of waiting and several misleading announcements on the culmination of the cathedral of Huaraz, the building that borders the Plaza de Armas in Huaraz finally seems to get finished. The original cathedral was destroyed by the 1970 earthquake that hit Yungay, Huaraz and other places in the Callejón de Huaylas but the new construction was recently declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation along with the Sanctuary of the Lord of Solitude (Santuario del Señor de la Soledad). Both sights will additionally become part of a new city tour that will be offered in the near future to national and international tourists. Other sights included on the tour are the Museo Arqueológico de Ancash with the biggest lithic garden of South America, José Olaya (the only street in Huaraz that´s still authentic and in its original state after the earthquake before mentioned), the hot springs in Monterrey and Laguna Willcacocha.
José Antonio Salazar Mejía, head of the Regional Decentralized Department of Culture (DDC) of Ancash, announced that the declaration of the sights as Cultural Heritage of the Nation is an important step to promote the cathedral and the Sanctuary of the Lord of Solitude. With the declaration, basically required by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), funding becomes available complete the Cathedral of Huaraz. The Sanctuary of the Lord of Solitude as its temple will have small exhibition halls to publish important religious objects like relics and Christian artefacts. The exhibition halls should be funded and completed with the help of Antamina Mining Company.
The DDC representative also said that by July the work should begin and will hopefully be completed in only a few months.
Godofredo Zegarra’s picture of the cathedral before the earthquake gives an interesting view of the Plaza de Armas 50 years ago and in the background people can observe trees and hills. Nothing compared to the urban chaos of nowadays.