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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 #11 of 37 Attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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173 reviews 173 reviews
36 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This almost 500 year old Jesuit church is worthwhile, especially for the impressive gold-covered altarpiece and the magnificent wall and ceiling painting in the small chapel. The cloisters stonework is also impressive, as is the highly decorated baroque facade.

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
72 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The side chapel which requires a small entrance fee is fascinating as the artwork is obviously influenced by Europe but has an exotic feel to it with the birds etc. You are provided with a short handout which gives you an overview of the art. The cloisters and church are both impressive and when we visited it was very quiet... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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236 reviews 236 reviews
129 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We stopped in just to walk through this church. It was fairly pretty. The entrance is free unless you want to go in the chapel. It was a nice church to stroll through. The outside of the church entrance has very intricate carvings on the facade which are pretty cool. Our guidebook said you could go up the bell tower... More

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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616 reviews 616 reviews
297 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

When we visited it was super hot and very quiet,lots to see and places's to poke around...also ice cream vendo situated at just the right place. Tranquil but perhaps we were just lucky.

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Mexico City
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143 reviews 143 reviews
49 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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7 helpful votes 7 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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121 helpful votes 121 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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90 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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191 reviews 191 reviews
44 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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