PEDESTRIAN CITY TOUR AREQUIPA
ST. CATHERINE’S MONASTERY
The citadel was located in the south of Peru in the city of Arequipa, founded on September 10, 1579, and located in an area that stands out for its natural beauty, welcoming climate, and great material with which it is built and continues to be made. the architecture of this city, the Sillar. Arequipa is called the “White City” for the important use of this porous volcanic lava stone that has allowed building with identity, as well as spaces and proportions of great aesthetic value.
SQUARE OF WEAPONS AND CATHEDRAL
Located in the Historic Center of Arequipa, around it is the cathedral of Arequipa in the north, the portals of Arequipa. Important place where the beautiful town of Arequipa was founded
THE CLOISTER AND COMPANY OF JESUS
This church was built between 1595 and 1698. It has a main nave, two side wings, a high choir and a sanctuary. Inside the temple you can see altarpieces made of carved wood and covered with gold leaf. In the sacristy is the chapel of San Ignacio, with polychrome murals that show tropical flora and fauna. The cloisters were built in the 18th century.
THE SAN IGNATIO CHAPEL
Also called the Sistine Chapel of Arequipa, it is a beautiful example of Arequipa’s decorative art, where the color of its walls and dome stands out, whose vividness and intensity are manifested through the centuries. One of the characteristics that stands out a lot is precisely the four evangelists on the four pendentives and with their respective symbols: Juan with the eagle; Lucas with the bull; Marcos with the Lion and Mateo with the man, which encourage to know and explore religion and, more than that, the spirituality that is reflected in these beautiful decorations made more than 300 years ago.
THE CASONA TRISTAN DEL POZO
Currently, this mansion built in the mid-18th century has become the headquarters of a bank and houses a site museum as well as an art gallery. This construction shows the splendor of Arequipa’s colonial construction, having used sillar stone as material. It has its vaulted ceilings and the typical colonial patios built by the Spanish.
SAN FRANCISCO COMPLEX
The temple of San Francisco is located in front of a small square. The church has a rectangular plan, three naves, a transept and a presbytery. This convent was founded in 1552, but its construction did not take place until a few years later. This complex, like the others, has suffered earthquakes, and the major modifications are in the original structures. The superb choir of the church, carved in ashlar, is the admiration of all. The sculptures are among the most beautiful works of the 17th century in Arequipa. The Temple of the Third Order is located in the same square, and was built after the 1784 earthquake.
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