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San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monestery

Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #14 of 36 Attractions in Arequipa
Type: Art Museums, Religious Sites, Libraries
Description: Church and monastery from the 16th century.
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Mexico City
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Beside the beautiful plaza and church, this is the area to look for restaurants. Many of the best restaurants are around this plaza, like Zig Zag and Zingaro. Also, there is a craft market in one of its sides.

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Lima
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Possibly the most beautiful church in Arequipa along with the Cathedral. Go here if you like architecture.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I visited in the church it was so amazing is posible to get contact with some people more tourists but is nice the area is very different out church the square is beautiful nice to spend some hours

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Byron Bay
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248 attraction reviews
400 helpful votes 400 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

It’s smaller than Aramas, but just as beautiful in its own way. We came here on a Sunday, and we could see people inside the door of the church singing hyms and people selling fairy floss and ice cream outside. Off to one side we found Argentinian hippies mixed in with the local vendors sell their wares on the steps... More

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East Sussex
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We really didn't see much of the church except from above, but we did get to see some of the really old parts of the Monastery. Our guide was a lovely young lady who had some English and managed to give us a lot of information about the history of the place and the people who lived here. San Franciso... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Very quiet and enjoyable! Nice to take some pictures, get warm by the sunlight and rest... On the narrow street on the left side, there is some handcraft stores!

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Ottawa, Canada
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We had the luck of being in the plaza as a parade was getting ready to march for the Señora de los milagros. There was a group from Puno as well as many others, dressed in national dress and all looking very happy and proud to be in the procession. What a gift for us. The church, itself, was secondary... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Crazy how you can see the snowy Volcanos sitting on a bench, in the sun with flower-trees all around you! Loved sitting there and watching all the people coming by!

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Arequipa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

this Plaza is very nice but we think it need a better maintenance. We liked because it is small with very nice trees, very comfortable place

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Lima, Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

One would easily past by this church and simply disregard it as being "typically beautiful" and move on. However make note of its architectural formation. There are 2 churches in ONE plaza. The reason: in precolonial times the largest church was designed for the aristocrats of the time, whereas the smaller church was reserved for the help. TODAY this tradition... More

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