House of the Dragon - Tupac Inca Yupanqui
Peruvian Art, Culture, Food, Ice Cream and Travel
The House of the Dragon - Tupac Inca Yupanqui in Cusco Peru is a contemporary art and cultural center acknowledging the Incan past while emphasizing the contemporary art and culture of Peru. It is located at Calle Arequipa/Q’hapchik'ijllu 159 just 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco including the Cathedral and Compañia de Jesus (pictured here) ... almost in the center of town and part of the monumental district. The House of the Dragon - Tupac Inca Yupanqui includes the Fractal Dragon Art Gallery, Dragon's Palate Restuarant, El Hada ice cream parlor and PIE Peru travel agency.
Fractal Dragon Art Gallery (pictures) in Cusco, Peru. The Fractal Dragon Art Gallery (web site) in presents contemporary Peruvian art... paintings, ceramics and sculpture for viewing and for sale. The gallery currently comprises three rooms in the first floor of the house, and three large galleries, an office and gallery store on the 2nd floor of the house. The director of the gallery is Elena Mendoza Altamirano who also serves as director of the Cultural Center.
Dragon's Palate - Restuarant & Beer Garden (photos). Dragon's Palate Restuarant (web page) - together with the art gallery we use the theme of a Dragon; furthermore 'palate' is a homonym with an artist's palette (OK... explaining the obvious, but the play on words is not so obvious in Spanish). The restaurant has 4 dining areas: the Mandelbrot cafe (fractalicious), the patio/beer garden with WiFi access, the more refined artsey dining room with seating for 25 persons, and the widescreen TV/Movie/directTV room. The menu offers both a fusion of Peruvian and International fare including appetizers, soups, salads, pastas, main courses and desserts with a nice selection of hot and cold drinks with local beers and wines.
Casa Tupac Yupanqui (pictures). Our physical 'house' has a title dating back to 1732 with the some parts of the house perhaps constructed even earlier. It is located on the city block which made up the imperial palace of the Tupac Inca Yupanqui in pre-Columbian times. The architecture is a mix of colonial and republican. The house is two story adobe construction with walls one meter thick, roofs of antique ceramic tiles and a modest patio surrounded by the four wings of the house. The spacious galleries on the 2nd floor are shared between the art gallery and cultural center. The patio is shared by all members of our community. We also maintain part of the 2nd floor as our apartment.
PIE Peru (Peru Incredible Experiences). PIE Peru offers trips and adventure tours throughout all of Peru. Claudia is their local representative for meeting, greeting and reviewing travel experiences with their clients. We are pleased to have PIE Peru in the house of the Dragon - Tupac Inca Yupanqui.
El Hada Heladería (The Fairy Ice Cream Parlor). El Hada offers homemade ice creams in homemade waffle cones along with homemade toppings and cakes along with fresh made coffees and cappuccinos from a storefront with direct access both to the walkway/street (Calle Arequipa) as well as the patio and beer garden of the hose of the Dragon. Their ice cream and dessert offerings nicely complement the full service menu of Dragon's Palate Restaurant and the artistic nature of their offering meshes well with the contemporary art gallery Fractal Dragon. We are proud to have El Hada as part of the house of the Dragon - Tupac Inca Yupanqui.
It was a difficult task fixing up an antiquity while maintaining architectural and cultural integrity within some kind of reasonable budget during a world-wide economic crisis. We’ve finished work on the antique part of house (not that such work is ever really finished) and had an official opening with invitees from many of the venues in Cusco on September 1 of 2009.
The mission of the cultural center is to promote contemporary art and culture of Cusco (and the rest of Peru and South America in that order). We host musical and theatrical presentations and exhibitions in the plastic/visual and performing arts in our exhibition halls. Members of the Cusco community and visitors to Cusco interact with the contemporary the art and culture in Cusco and with the various artists and performers resident or visiting Cusco. With our emphasis on ‘contemporary’ you won’t see copies or re-enactments of colonial or pre-Columbian dances, music, or art, but you may see the fusion of contemporary art with our colonial and pre-Columbian inheritance.
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