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4 churches you cannot miss during Easter in Arequipa

  • Published on Apr 13, 2017 Culture
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Its processions, festivals and traditions made Pope Pío XII baptize the city as the “Rome of Peru”

If Arequipa is in your plans for Easter, you made the right choice. Stay here and get to know 4 of the 22 churches in this historic city that will make your trip an unforgettable experience.

The Cathedral

Cathedral Plaza de Armas ArequipaThe Cathedral during the sunset in the Plaza de Armas, Arequipa.

Built in 1621 with volcanic stones and brick vaults, the cathedral was finished after 35 years in 1656 making it the most important monument of the city. A fire destroyed it in 1844 but it was finally rebuilt in 1868.

Inside, there’s a museum that contains religious art that is more than 400 years old, you can find oil paintings and religious objects made in gold.

The number “4” of the cathedrals clock is written in Roman numerals as “IIII” instead of, “IV”. Why? You will discover it when you get there..

La Compañía

Cloister Compañía Church Plaza de Armas ArequipaCloister of La Compañia Church, in Plaza de Armas, Arequipa.  

The construction of this church of Baroque style begins in 1590 and finishes in 1698. The construction material comes from the Misti volcano. In 1698, after an earthquake, the facade was rebuilt and redesigned with a mixture of the pre-Hispanic and European mythology.

San Agustín

Church of San Agustin Front facade Arequipa
Front facade of the Church of San Agustin, Arequipa.

This church was inaugurated in 1575. It is considered one of the best of its time, being the best architectural expression of the Baroque mestizo style of the XVII century. One of the most peculiar features of the interior is the high altar with carving and gold leaf applications.

Santo Domingo

Neoclassical main door Santo Domingo Church Arequipa.Neoclassical main door in Santo Domingo Church, Arequipa.

This church is part of the historical center of Arequipa. Unlike the previous ones, you will find that its facade has a neoclassical style that dresses it with natural traits. Inside, you will find pieces and paintings of incalculable artistic value that make their visit a delight for every visitor. What are you waiting for to discover it?

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