Arequipa boasts some of Peru's best preserved and finest colonial architecture. Because most casonas were built as single story structures, they have withstood earthquakes that leveled other buildings in the city. A way to distinguish colonial architecture from Republican-era buildings is by the ceiling: Colonial buildings have barrel vaults and Republican, flat ceilings.
On one corner of the Plaza de Armas is the beautiful Casona Iriberry (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-8 p.m. Ca Santa Catalina 101. Tel: 204-482. Entry: Free). The house, built in 1793, has been converted into the Centro Cultural ChÃ¡vez de la Rosa, hosting temporary exhibits and other events.. The houseâ€™s spacious rooms open onto a series of elegant stone patios, and the doorways don carved messages in Spanish.
Also near the plaza is Casa TristÃ¡n del Pozo, home of Banco Continental / BBVA (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ca San Francisco 108. Entry: Free). Its Sala de Exposiciones Pedro Bescia Cafferata has bilingual displays about the history and architecture of the mansion, and a permanent exhibit of ArequipeÃ±a painting.
Historical Building Types:
Colonial architecture, Site of historic significance, Historic architecture, Garden, cenote
Relative price: Budget
Travel Skills: beginner/easy.
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