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San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery

Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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In the heart of Arequipa

This church and monastery were both very interesting. I expected the monastery to be a home of... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Foley, Alabama
via mobile
My favorite plaza in Arequipa

Though it can be difficult to find the church doors open, this is my favorite place to sit and... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Beth R
Istanbul, Turkey
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Church and monastery from the 16th century.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good49%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“craft market” (2 reviews)
“pay soles” (2 reviews)
“worth a visit” (3 reviews)
Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This church and monastery were both very interesting. I expected the monastery to be a home of monks, but it was actually a home for nuns. The history was really interesting and the different rooms gave you a picture of what life might have been...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Though it can be difficult to find the church doors open, this is my favorite place to sit and people watch. Its a lovely plaza with benches and flowers and enough tree cover to keep in the shade on a sunny day. The shops nearby...More

Thank Beth R
Reviewed 20 August 2017

It's only PS10 to visit the church museum and it's really worth it. You do need a guide to take you around the various sites inside the complex as all the areas are locked down. This is seemingly quite daft until the guide shows you...More

1  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Beautiful plaza with amazing architecture. A little off the beaten path, but definitely worth exploring. A place locals like to hang out, especially young couples. Very romantic setting in this incredible city.

Thank akayruiz
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We took a tour of the convent in Spanish. The paintings and lifestyle is very interesting. I returned at 5 pm for the. Mass and to see the beautiful altarpiece. The courtyard is beautiful. Climb the stairs to capture a great photo of 2/3 volcanoes.

1  Thank sr201753j9
Reviewed 5 April 2017

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....More

Thank Stephanie148
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...More

2  Thank domerloveswa
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...More

2  Thank CFEIII
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...More

Thank Patti M
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.

1  Thank lisakeg
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