Discover the second most populated city of Peru, “Arequipa,” located at the base of the Misti Volcano, at an altitude of 2,328 meters above sea level, in the valley of the Chili River.
The center of the city of Arequipa has architecture characterized by the use of a stone called sillar. This material started being used in the middle of the sixteenth century.
This stone is normally white, lightweight, and is resistant to the elements; it’s even earthquake resistant.
In the historical center of Arequipa, you’ll be able to find various cultural attractions, amongst other important highlights, such as:
The Main Plaza of Arequipa:
This place was the foundation of the city in 1540; in the middle you could find a bronze fountain, and around you can see a series of Renaissance-style arches and doorways constructed in granite.
Built in sillar, the cathedral contains stone tombs, and is the main church of the city. Its arches and doorways were originally built in the same Renaissance style as the main plaza, the Plaza de Armas, but was reconstructed somewhat recently to be more earthquake resistant.
The Company’s Church
This marvelous church dates back to 1699, and is located in the center of the city. The inside is predominated by numerous pieces of art, which you’ll be able to appreciate the wooden, carved altarpieces, murals, and very valuable, and historical cloisters.
The Yanahuara Viewpoint
Known as the Mirador de Yanahuara, or The Yanahuara Viewpoint, this beautiful location is found two kilometers from the city, where you can appreciate the panoramic views of the white city, and its three volcanoes. Visiting the outskirts of the city also gives you a great opportunity to visit the typical church, which shows off a typical mestizo, Arequipean art style.
The Sabandia Mill
Get to know this Arequipean architectural jewel that dates back to the year 1621. Although it’s in perfect condition and fully functioning, it’s only purpose is to serve an exhibition to visitors.
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