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Plaza De Armas - City Plaza Arequipa - Peru

Arequipa’s palm tree-lined Plaza de Armas is a popular place for the locals to hang out and spend hours chatting. Tourists pose for photographs with the hundreds of pigeons who also hang out in this park. In the center of the plaza is a three-tier fountain topped by the city’s symbol: the Tuturutu, a trumpet-playing sprite who—according to legend—once was winged. The striking square is surrounded on three sides by arched portals: on the east, Portal de Flores; to the south, Portal Municipal; and to the west, Portal San Agustín. The north side is dominated by the Catedral, which stretches the entire length of the block. All buildings surrounding it made of pearly white sillar stone.


Calle Santa Catalina and Calle San Agustín

Arequipa, Peru

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Parque central

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Peruvian nuevo sol

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