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 faÃ§ade that dominates the Plaza de Armas bears a neoclassical style. Inside youâ€™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 churchâ€™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
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HOURSâ€”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 Catedralâ€™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).
Church: free. Museum: $3.75, children $1.25; Peruvian university student $2.
Relative price: Free
Travel Skills: None
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Phone: 213-149 / 221-024