There are many compelling reasons to visit Arequipa, Peru … Juanita the Ice Maiden, Santa Catalina Monastery, the spicy cuisine, or a thrilling day trip to the Colca Canyon. But one of the most surprising pleasantries of our time in Arequipa was the marvelous churches. Now, I know what you’re thinking. There are so many churches in Peru, what’s another one? How different are they, really?
Well, we thought we would let these photos speak for themselves …
Locals and tourists alike enjoy relaxing on the steps of Arequipa's La Catedral. Arequipa's largest and most prominent cathedral, it is located on the Plaza de Armas. Visitors can tour the inside and even go up to the roof for an incredible view of the city.
Alter and Choir inside La Catedral
Beautiful high arches and yellow interior create a very light feeling inside the cathedral.
Iglesia de la Compania
La Compania lies along the edge of the Plaza de Armas, opposite La Catedral
Carved wooden alters with gold leaf adorn the inside of the Iglesia de la Compania
Beautiful cloisters at La Compania
Iglesia de San Francisco
Iglesia de San Francisco is located along Calle Melgar, a few blocks from the Santa Catalina Monastery.
Iglesia San Augustin
Iglesia San Augustin is located several blocks away from the Plaza de Armas and is not nearly as touristy as some of the others.
Afternoon mass at Iglesia San Augustin
Those are some of our favorite churches we visited while in Arequipa. You may also want to check out the Monasterio de Santa Catalina if you like visiting religious sites on your travels.
What has been the most unexpectedly impressive cathedral you have encountered in your travels?
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