Señor de los Temblores

Señor de los Temblores is celebrated in Cusco during Holy Week, or Semana Santa. On Easter Monday the image of Señor de los Temblores is carried through the city in a procession that ends in front of the Cusco Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, or main square, of Cusco. Tens of thousands gather on the Plaza de Armas and surrounding streets to see the procession.

Earthquakes are common here in the Andes, and people worship Señor de los Temblores because they believe he protects them from dangerous earthquakes. It is believed that the image of Señor de los Temblores was taken out during the devastating earthquake in Cusco in 1650, and the earthquake stopped. I’ve also heard many locals say the same thing happened during the earthquake in 1950, the most recent serious earthquake here in Cusco.

Patricia took some pictures of the procession of Señor de los Temblores this past Monday:

Señor de los Temblores

Señor de los Temblores

Annual procession of Señor de los Temblores

Annual procession of Señor de los Temblores

Crowd waiting for Señor de los Temblores

Crowd waiting for Señor de los Temblores

Señor de los Temblores by the Cusco Cathedral

Señor de los Temblores by the Cusco Cathedral