San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, Arequipa

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Tour the magnificent structure of San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery as you appreciate its decoration and architecture. Originally founded in 1522, the building has withstood earthquakes and more over its centuries of history. Be sure to explore the outside grounds and view the imposing architecture that gives the church an almost military look. Once inside, you embrace a softer atmosphere as you approach shrines to the patron saint. These ornate areas make for good photo opportunities, and unlike most South American churches, you are allowed to take photos inside, just remember to be respectful and quiet. Use our Arequipa itinerary maker to arrange your visit to San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and other attractions in Arequipa.
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  • August 1, 2017
    two churches, a square, a monastery, surrounded by a Museum (which should be better care) and a craft market, a few steps from the street with more restaurants, bars and clubs in the Center. very nice place to rest awhile in the walk through the Centre of arequipa, and tour the churches, very busy at certain times of the day, but it is worth taking a few minutes to walk out there.
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  • July 24, 2017
    Beautiful plaza with amazing architecture. A little off the beaten path, but definitely worth exploring. A place locals like to hang out, especially young couples. Very romantic setting in this incred...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    This place is very nice and quiet. Its attractions are the Church, with paid entry, crafts markets and vendors of ice cream and churros. It is not a place not to be missed, but the tranquility and atmosphere that one breathes well worth.
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