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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Where to stay in Arequipa

Most accommodations in Arequipa cluster on the east side of the Chili River. The historical center offers the best selection of options, with plenty of budget hostels and mid-range hotels scattered throughout its streets. For something quieter, look north to the neighborhoods of Zemanat and San Jacinto. If you're looking for a suburban experience, stay in the western neighborhood of Yanahuara.
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  • We took a tour of the convent in Spanish. The paintings and lifestyle is very interesting. I returned at 5 pm for the. Mass and to see the beautiful altarpiece. The courtyard is beautiful. Climb the s...  more »
  • If you'd like to enjoy the church you'll need to pay 5 soles per person. it's lovely. but I think the best part is the market surrounding the square. Atria ice cream vendors surround the square. and o...  more »
  • This is a nice little plaza close to lots of great restaurants. We paid entry to see the monastery and cringed a little bit when we were approached by a guide inside the doors. We'd already done sever...  more »