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Catedral - Historical Building Arequipa - Peru

Framed by the majestic snow-capped peaks of El Misti and Chachani, La Catedral is truly one of the most spectacular sites in Arequipa. While construction of the church began in 1544, much of its edifice was destroyed during an earthquake in the 17th century. Then, in 1844 it was completely destroyed by fire. The present-day façade that dominates the Plaza de Armas bears a neoclassical style. Inside you’ll find one of the largest organs in South America, and an elaborately carved wooden pulpit adorned with a menacing serpent-tailed devil.

You can learn about the church’s architecture and view its impressive religious art collection with a guided tour through the Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa.


North side of the Plaza de Armas

Arequipa, Peru

Historical Building Types:

Travel Tips:

HOURS—Church: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 6-7:30 p.m., Sunday 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30-7:30 p.m. Museum: (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Last entry to the Catedral’s museum is at 4:20 p.m. Tours are by guide only (Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese); give tip ($2; if in group of 3-10 persons, $3.75).

Price Description:

Church: free. Museum: $3.75, children $1.25; Peruvian university student $2.

Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Contact Information:
Phone: 213-149 / 221-024

Here are other activities in and around Arequipa that may be of interest: Museo Santuarios Andinos, Colonial Mansions, La Compañia and Monasterio de Santa Catalina.

01 May 2012

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