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Address: Just off the Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: 054212141
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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$48*
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Arequipa City Tour Including St Catherine Monastery

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Incredibly ornate and a must-see

Incredibly ornate church, and the side chapel is decorated with frescoes you have to see to believe. There could be a bit more description, or even a short tour, that would make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Michigan
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Michigan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Incredibly ornate church, and the side chapel is decorated with frescoes you have to see to believe. There could be a bit more description, or even a short tour, that would make it more enjoyable, but it is incredible just to see.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

i loved the front charged of so much details about Incas and history (puma face, flowers and papayes, blazon of habsburg...). Inside many altarpieces uniques and stained glasses, really amazing

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London
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96 reviews 96 reviews
53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A guide will explain to you how the Incas merged the Catholic dogmas being imposed upon them by the Spaniards with their own beliefs about Mother Earth etc... and reflected these in the sculptures surrounding the main entrance, and the paintings, frescoes and altars inside. Fascinating. The cloisters have been transformed into a kind of shopping arcade for up-market products... More 

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Cesena, Italy
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478 attraction reviews
2,038 helpful votes 2,038 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

located very close to the main square, plaza de armas, this small church is a clear example of the colonial art. recommend a short visit

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Lisbon, Portugal
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18 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

really beautiful paintings and vitrals. The chapel onthe left when we enter has amazing paintings all over the ceiling. it's very worth visiting

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

When visiting make sure you pay to see the sacristy (at the side), as it is completely decorated with bird and flowers from, according to my guide, the Salvadorian forest, where the Jesuit priests had been before. So no religious motives, which makes this really unique. The decoration is overwhelming and very colourful, but no photography allowed. Nearby you can... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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85 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The church itself is wonderful with many religious artworks hanging on the many walls in the alcoves. The side chapel is worth the 4 sols to enter. It is elaborately decorated with frescos that cover all the walls and domed ceiling. It is very unique in terms of the style and colour used. It is an easy way to spend... More 

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Chicago
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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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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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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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