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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 #10 of 36 attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas
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New York City, New York
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227 reviews 227 reviews
45 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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74 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
33 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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838 attraction reviews
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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73 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We stumbled across the cloisters of La Compania as we exited from the exhibition in the church. It is very close to the Plaza des Armes, yet hidden away and much quiter. There are a number of very nice Alpaca shops in the cloisters

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Just beautiful inside and out. Make sure you have time to appreciate the façades of all the churches in Arequipa.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We were looking for an alpaca wool store and were directed here. Whilst we didn't buy anything as they were top of the range stores we were intrigued by the layout and use of sillar stone throughout. The courtyards and fountains were something to behold. The access to the chapel of the church was a site to behold. There is... More

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