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La Compañia - Historical Building Arequipa - Peru

Founded by Jesuits in 1573, La Compañía is a large church composed of three naves and a cupola. This Arequipa attraction is best known for its elaborately carved stone entrance and the Chapel of San Ignacio de Loyola. Inside is a delicately carved cedar main altar, whose details are accentuated by a gold leaf covering. Adorning the chapel’s walls are works from the Mannerist master Bernardo Bitti. In the sacristy located nearby, the gigantic murals of jungle plants and animals recall an earlier period when missionaries were sent into the depths of the Amazon to seek out native converts. Craft markets now inhabit the Jesuits’ less significant cloisters, which are located further down on General Morán Street (Ca Morán 118).


Álvarez Thomas and Morán

Arequipa, Peru

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture

Travel Tips:

Main church: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5-6 p.m. Capilla San Ignacio de Loyola: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; enter through the Claustros. Claustros: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, holidays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Price Description:

Capilla San Ignacio de Loyola $1.50; main church and Claustro, free.

Claustro (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, holidays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Ca Morán 118. Entry: Free).

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Contact Information:
Phone: 212-141

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

28 Apr 2012

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