History

Within the historic center of Cusco every street has a story to tell, but there are seven streets with seven special names that let the imagination fly: they are the Seven Windows, Seven Angels and Seven Devils, Seven Herdsmen, Seven Rooms, Seven Masks and even Seven Snakes. Maybe they are named for secrets they keep or simply for their uses. Why the Seven? Is it from many cultures regarding the quantity and number seven as part of the sacred and venerated? Seven, according to the Pythagoreans, a vibration controlled by seven celestial bodies that govern the world and gave us the seven days of the week. Or can it be related to the seven colors of the rainbow, the seven mortal sins and sacraments of the church, the musical scale of seven notes and resulting in the seven wonders of the world; for now it seems that time has swallowed up their exact meanings.

In colonial times the Augustinian religious order constructed the building which houses the Hotel Siete Ventanas right over the Incas stone walled terraces, as a "house of studies", after founding the Saint Augustine Convent of Cusco. 

In those times, the "house" was separated from the convent by a small natural stream called the Tullumayu, skinny or thin river in Quechua. That house had four large windows and three small ones which may be for the name of the street, but history has not found any certain explanation for using this number here. 

By the time of the Republican era, three separate buildings had already divided the Augustinian's property. Integrating the highlight of the original Inca walls with Colonial adobe and stone, our restoration for the hotel occupies the first of those three buildings from the corner Siete Ventanas street and the stairway of Calle Alabado.

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