Former Monastery HotelNext to the vibrant Cusco Central Square is the Belmond Hotel, a former monastery and a national monument. This ex monastery offers luxury colonial-style accommodation and it's set around a courtyard in the Cusco´s historical centre just 2 blocks from Plaza Armas Square. Originally built in 1592, Belmond Hotel Monasterio sits on the site of Inca Amaru Qhala’s palace. Six years later, the Spanish took it over and founded the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. However, an earthquake seriously damaged the building in 1650 and upon restoration the beautiful Chapel was added. In 1965, the building was remodelled as a hotel and right now it is a national historic landmark, protected by Peru’s National Institute of Culture.