The church of San Juan Bautista de Puno is more than 200 years old in the city of Puno, being the main home of the Patron Saint of Puno, the Virgin of Candelaria.
The church has a structure of French ogival style, with three Gothic altars and inside it has several religious canvases, every year in February the Church of San Juan Bautista is filled just for being the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Candelaria and its day is present.
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The temple of San Juan Baptist was created as a parish in 1562 in compliance with the Prelatural Ordinance of the Bishop of La Paz, from it arises the Parish of Paucarcolla fact that was communicated to the Viceroy Garcia Sarmiento de Sotomayor, Count of Salvatierra.
Since the church of San Juan Bautista was built, it was a place of refuge and prayer where the oppressed, the indigenous, the abused, the poor and the marginalized always went to pray. With time, the image of the Virgin of Candelaria was placed there in 1580 and it continues to be the place where she dwells today.
Until before 1873 the temple maintained its initial infrastructure, but years later a fire occurred and consumed part of the roof that was made of straw and reeds, damaging it in its entirety, in 1881 the temple collapsed and began the reconstruction in 1886 and a year later the temple was rebuilt.
Of course, over time some things were modified inside the church, but always preserved the image of the Virgin of Candelaria and today the temple retains style and forms, no major modifications have been made.
The church of San Juan Bautista is located in the city of Puno, at 224 Santiago Giraldo Street.