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San Francisco Church, Arequipa

San Francisco Church, Arequipa (must see)

Founded by the Franciscan Order in 1552 and finally completed in 1569 by Gaspar Báez, this old monastery tells an interesting story about Arequipa's past religious identity. After reconstruction work in the 17th century, Iglesia San Francisco became the largest complex in the country to have been built using ashlar stone. The rich, ornate interior of the church includes a Baroque-style embossed silver altar, an intricately carved pulpit, choir chairs and wooden figurines. Inside the complex is a small square, a temple used as the head office of a craft center and a library holding over twenty thousand volumes.

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Sight Name: San Francisco Church
Sight Location: Arequipa, Peru
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Arequipa, Peru

Create Your Own Walk in Arequipa

Create Your Own Walk in Arequipa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Arequipa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Galleries Tour of Arequipa

Museums and Galleries Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa is a popular tourist destination in Peru. This charming city offers a variety of attractions, including fascinating museums and galleries. See everything from mummies and traditional art to historical artifacts and important archeological finds. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Arequipa's best museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Arequipa Religious Walk Tour

Arequipa Religious Walk Tour

Colonists from Spain brought to Peru and Arequipa the power of Catholicism, which is beautifully reflected today in the splendid architectural designs of Arequipa's numerous places of worship. Arequipa’s churches are among the most striking in Peru. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore the city's religious heritage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Cultural Tour of Arequipa

Cultural Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa's rich colonial past and unforgotten pre-Hispanic traditions make it a popular tourist destination. Full of grandeur and charm, the cultural sights of Arequipa are easily accessible by foot. The following self-guided tour will take you to the city's most popular cultural landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Daily Life Tour of Arequipa

Daily Life Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa is a vibrant city with streets full of life. The city's rich colonial past and colorful traditions make for a fun, exciting visit. The following walking tour will take you to Arequipa’s most popular local spots.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Arequipa Introduction Walk

Arequipa Introduction Walk

Capital of the eponymous region of Peru, Arequipa is a colonial-era city rich in architecture built of the volcanic stone provided by three neighboring volcanoes. The historic downtown area of Arequipa is dominated by Plaza de Armas complete with a plethora of ancient churches located nearby, of which the most notable is the 17th-century Basilica Cathedral. This orientation tour will walk you...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles