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Address: Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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Description: Church and monastery from the 16th century.

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Beautiful & peaceful

Like so much of the architecture in Arequipa, it's stunning, and even I, as an atheist, can have reverence for such a spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Paracas, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Like so much of the architecture in Arequipa, it's stunning, and even I, as an atheist, can have reverence for such a spot.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A beautiful church and peaceful square. Be cautious, there is a small artisan market next to the Plaza de San Francisco and it can be a bit overwhelming - as there are competing vendors amassing to take tourists dollars. Go during the day and wander around the church, venture into the artisan market and then catch and evening Pisco Sour... More 

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TEL AVIV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

A beautiful town.If you are around you should see it interesting and nice but you can not spend more than an hour there.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I only stopped by this church at the end of San Francisco calle. It is a typical colonial church from the 17th century with an impressive main alter and several beautiful gold-leafed side alters. The adjoining plaza was nice also.

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

There is a nice area surrounding the church. But the best thing is that you can take pictures inside. That is unusual for South American churches. The alter has interesting paintings above and silver on the alter. Very nice.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

A tiny square with lots of greenery. Nice spot to rest, relax and people watch. Grab some ice cream and 'smell the roses'

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Cesena, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

well, i guess this small church a a bit more interesting than many other churches around cos it still keeps the beauty and the art of the colonial time

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The Church and the whole complex looks great and well kept. The space created around it looks well proportioned.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Of the many churches in Arequipa, this was my favorite. Check out also the street vendor that congregate close to the monastery walls selling handicrafts.

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Arequipa Region, Peru
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

All restaurants, pubs etc are all catered for tourist so the prices are tourists too! I really love walking around here though as it's a different ambiance compared to different areas of Arequipa.

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