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La Compania and cloisters

Just off the Plaza de Armas | Alvarez Thomas & Santa Domingo, Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #9 of 34 Attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas
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Mexico City
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134 reviews 134 reviews
44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

While in the Temple, don't miss the Chapel of San Ignacio at the front left side. Is wonderful with lots of colored flowers and animals.

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Lima, Peru
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36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Pretty building with well preserved altars and a nice painted sacristy (small fee) and 2 nice courtyards one of which is now full of stores and cafes. Interesting and right off the Plaza de Armas. Also open all day unlike most of the churches. Much better than the cathedral.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

All I have to say is, take your time and go to this place. i went on a free walking tour provided by " The original Walking tour Arequipa. It was free so all i had to do was tip. This church has so much history and such beaty it is a must, and next to it is Arequipas First... More

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New York City, New York
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249 reviews 249 reviews
46 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The church is free to enter. To enter into the Sistine-chapel-like portion requires S4 each and no photography is allowed inside. The surrounding cloisters contain plenty of alpaca stores. There's an Incalpaca (Grupo Inca), an alpaca outlet located there with good selections.

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Nantes, France
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252 reviews 252 reviews
78 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Smashing paintings in the chapel, and the church is fine by itself. The upper galleries of the cloister offer superb views.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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38 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The painted chapel is a real highlight and the cloisters are a lovely place to sit. Do not miss the 'queso helado' lady in the courtyard. Delicious.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

La Compania is right on the corner of Plaza de Armas, inside is a towering altar covered in gold leaf. Further inside and at a cost of 4 Soles is the San Ignacio Chapel and it's polychrome dome. A colourful fantasy of Spanish and indigenous flora and fauna. Entrance to the cloisters is next door, this is a nice place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

this cathedral was yet another highly decorated building, with gold leaved alters, beautiful on the outside as well,, located in a lovely area

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The San Ignacio chapel is accessible from the back courtyard. The ceiling and the walls are covered with colorful paintings of fruits and flowers. Admission fee is only 4 soles pp. A must see in Arequipa!

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The church is very atypical of 16th Century churches of Spanish Latin America with it's mixture of Spanish and indigenous designs and workmanship. The attached cloisters are interesting in so far as they were built by the Franciscan and Dominican Monks. They are now home to craft shops that are tastefully unobtrusive. A quiet haven in a busy city. Well... More

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