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Arequipa Colonial Churches & Sites When the Spaniards arrived in Peru, they needed to find a place to connect Cusco and Puno with the Pacific Ocean since Lima was too far from both of those regions. During their excursions they decided to settle and build cities in Arequipa and Camana. As a consequence, Arequipa became one of the most important cities for the viceroyalty of Peru and Kingdom of Spain. Arequipa is probably the city with the best exhibition of Colonial architecture in Peru, which made it possible for downtown Arequipa to be included in the World Heritage List of the Below is a list of the most important Colonial churches and buildings in the Region of Arequipa.  Mansion del Fundador The mansion is surrounded by gardens and the Socabaya Valley, which provides beautiful views of, among other things, the Volcanoes...
 Santa Catalina Monastery The monastery was built to be a religious enclosure for nuns of Creole, mestizo, and indigenous origin. The nuns occupied rooms...
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