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San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery

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Address: Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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Church and monastery from the 16th century.

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Not a "must-see" but worth a visit

This is a nice little plaza close to lots of great restaurants. We paid entry to see the monastery and cringed a little bit when we were approached by a guide inside the doors... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2016
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Baker City, OR
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Vienna, Virginia
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you'd like to enjoy the church you'll need to pay 5 soles per person. it's lovely. but I think the best part is the market surrounding the square. Atria ice cream vendors surround the square. and other alpaca vendors are located beyond the church. unlike Plaza de Armes, this square is quiet and headed and lovely. please come and... More 

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Baker City, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice little plaza close to lots of great restaurants. We paid entry to see the monastery and cringed a little bit when we were approached by a guide inside the doors. We'd already done several lengthy, non-kid friendly church tours already. Our concerns weren't warranted. Out guides English wasn't perfect but she had lots of enthusiasm. It... More 

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2 Thank domerloveswa
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

If you go to the craft market, you just about have to walk thru this plaza, I didn't enter the church, I did stop and catch my breath in the plaza. Nice shade, good people watching, and well maintained. To arrive at the Museo Historic Municipal, you walk thru this plaza. That museum isn't listed on TripAdvisor, but I enjoyed... More 

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Lima
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We just happened to be walking past this church so it was a spontaneous decision to enter. The entrance fee was quite nominal and we were told to join a small group at the front of the church for a tour. The church itself is quite small and you would probably not appreciate the history without the guide. In addition... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Plaza and church are beautiful. One feels as if you step into the past. Not to be missed. We had seen mass there on Sunday evening. It also has a museum which we did not enter.

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1 Thank lisakeg
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

I was happily able to visit the Plaza and Church, but the Monastery is closed on Sundays. The plaza is cute and appears to be popular either the locals vas Mass was going on, I was only able to pop into the church for a couple of minutes to take a couple photos and to glance around.

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4 Thank jehenson81
Lakewood, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Very old building, full of character and shops perfect for a lazy day. This is a hugely photographic building.

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Manhattan, KS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

This monastery is very peaceful and rarely visited by tourists. It has excellent collection of art, esp. paintings and vestments. There is a room devoted to a Mexican pop singer, Mojica, who became a Franciscan monk later in his life. The chapter house has one truly excellent painting, covering the entire wall, one of the biggest paintings in town, representing... More 

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4 Thank Witoldzio
Huanchaco, Peru
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76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Like so much of the architecture in Arequipa, it's stunning, and even I, as an atheist, can have reverence for such a spot.

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1 Thank Travels-with-KK
Portland, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

A beautiful church and peaceful square. Be cautious, there is a small artisan market next to the Plaza de San Francisco and it can be a bit overwhelming - as there are competing vendors amassing to take tourists dollars. Go during the day and wander around the church, venture into the artisan market and then catch and evening Pisco Sour... More 

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