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 oneof 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 UNESCO.

Belowis a list of the most important Colonialchurches and buildings in the Region of Arequipa.

Santa Catalina

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Occupying 20,000 square meters, the monastery was built as a small enclosed citadel with several small streets, plazas, rooms, churches, and even a cemetery. The material used to build the monastery is "El Sillar," a whitish volcanic stone.

Location: Santa Catalina 301, El Cercado District, Province, and Region of Arequipa.

Distance from Arequipa Downtown: 3 blocks from the Main Square.

La Mansion del Fundador

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The land where the mansion sits today was assigned in the l500s to the Spanish founder of the city of Arequipa, don Garci Manuel de Carbajal.

Location: Huasacache s/n, Via Paisajista Hunter, Jacobo Hunter District, Province and Region of Arequipa

La Compania de Jesus, Jesuit Church & Cloisters

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The complex built by the Jesuit congregation offers travelers an amazing experience where it is possible to enjoy several pieces of art of local and foreign as well as a magnificent architecture. "La Compañía de Jesús" includes the main church, the cloisters and the San Ignacio chapel.

Location: Corner of Moran and Alvarez Tornas, Cercado District, Province and Region of Arequipa. The Cloisters are located in Calle Moral 118.

Sabandia Mill - Molino de Sabandia

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This is the first mill built in Arequipa to produce flour in big quantities. It started operations in 1621 after the viceroy of Peru granted this land to the Spanish colonist, Don Garcia de Vargas Machuca, in order to build a mill. From that moment, it has been known as "El Molino de Sabandia" and the mill is still able to produce flour.

Location: Sabandia Mill, Sabandia District, Province and Region of Arequipa

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