ATTRACTIONS IN CITY
AREQUIPA CATHEDRAL AND MUSEUM
Visiting Hours : Temple: Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Museum: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Location : Located to one side of the Plaza de Armas.
One of the first 17th century monuments in the City. It was built of "sillar" (a volcanic stone) in the neoclassical style. It houses invaluable objects, like a church pulpit brought from Lille, France, and a 15-metre high monumental Belgian organ.
THE SOCIETY OF JESUS CHURCH AND COMPLEX
Visiting Hours : Church: Monday - Friday 9.10 am - 1.00 pm and 3.10 pm - 6.00 pm; Sat 11.30 am - 1.00 pm and 3.10 pm - 6.00 pm; Sun 9.10 am - 1.00 pm. Free admission.
Location : Intersection of General Morán and Álvarez Thomas streets, Arequipa Plaza de Armas.
Complex of buildings erected by the Jesuits for religious and residential purposes. The buildings form a monument that, according to many, exemplifies the most beautiful 17th century (1660) religious architecture. The temple dominates the centre of the complex. The interior of the temple houses more than sixty paintings of the Cuzco school, by artists such as Bernardo Bitti and Diego de la Puente.
SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY
Visiting Hours : Mon - Sun 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00 am - 8.00 pm. High Season - 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Location : Santa Catalina street 301.
Built in 1580 and eventually expanded to include cloisters, plazas, streets, tiled roofs, and cobblestone paving, this walled citadel served as a totally enclosed convent for nuns from the city's most distinguished families. The town's interior houses valuable colonial paintings of the Cuzco School, carvings and figures, religious relics, and well-preserved physical settings typical of daily life more than four hundred years ago.
SANTO DOMINGO CHURCH AND CONVENT
Visiting Hours : Monday - Friday 7.00 am - 10.30 am and 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm; Sat 7.00 am - 8.00 am and 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm; Sun 6.00 am - 1.00 pm. Free admission.
Location : Intersection of Santo Domingo and Rivero streets.
Built with a bell tower, it consists of a vestibule with a corner pedestal and an impeccable arch beneath the choir. Visitors who venture inside can appreciate imagery and paintings with sacred motifs. It is also remarkable for its side entrance, which is the oldest in Arequipa. The main cloister of the convent was built around 1734. Considered the oldest temple in Arequipa, the Cristo Crucificado (Crucified Christ) at the high altar is one of the most beautiful images in the temple, and is associated with an old legend known as Quasimodo.
LA RECOLETA CONVENT
Visiting Hours : Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location : Jr. Recoleta 117.
17th century Franciscan convent whose diverse architectural styles span from the Romantic to the neo-Gothic, owing to multiple reconstructions. It is characterised by a magnificent library of more than 20,000 volumes, some of which are more than four centuries old. Visitors can take advantage of recreational facilities, including a swimming pool, as well as accommodation for 60 people.