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San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery

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Address: Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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Church and monastery from the 16th century.

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I was happily able to visit the Plaza and Church, but the Monastery is closed on Sundays. The plaza is cute and appears to be popular either the locals vas Mass was going on, I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2016
jehenson81
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plaza and church are beautiful. One feels as if you step into the past. Not to be missed. We had seen mass there on Sunday evening. It also has a museum which we did not enter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

I was happily able to visit the Plaza and Church, but the Monastery is closed on Sundays. The plaza is cute and appears to be popular either the locals vas Mass was going on, I was only able to pop into the church for a couple of minutes to take a couple photos and to glance around.

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2 Thank jehenson81
Lakewood, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Very old building, full of character and shops perfect for a lazy day. This is a hugely photographic building.

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Manhattan, KS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

This monastery is very peaceful and rarely visited by tourists. It has excellent collection of art, esp. paintings and vestments. There is a room devoted to a Mexican pop singer, Mojica, who became a Franciscan monk later in his life. The chapter house has one truly excellent painting, covering the entire wall, one of the biggest paintings in town, representing... More 

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Huanchaco, Peru
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Like so much of the architecture in Arequipa, it's stunning, and even I, as an atheist, can have reverence for such a spot.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A beautiful church and peaceful square. Be cautious, there is a small artisan market next to the Plaza de San Francisco and it can be a bit overwhelming - as there are competing vendors amassing to take tourists dollars. Go during the day and wander around the church, venture into the artisan market and then catch and evening Pisco Sour... More 

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TEL AVIV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

A beautiful town.If you are around you should see it interesting and nice but you can not spend more than an hour there.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I only stopped by this church at the end of San Francisco calle. It is a typical colonial church from the 17th century with an impressive main alter and several beautiful gold-leafed side alters. The adjoining plaza was nice also.

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

There is a nice area surrounding the church. But the best thing is that you can take pictures inside. That is unusual for South American churches. The alter has interesting paintings above and silver on the alter. Very nice.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

A tiny square with lots of greenery. Nice spot to rest, relax and people watch. Grab some ice cream and 'smell the roses'

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