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“small but lovely”

San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery
Ranked #18 of 99 things to do in Arequipa
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Owner description: Church and monastery from the 16th century.
Ottawa, Canada
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87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“small but lovely”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

We had the luck of being in the plaza as a parade was getting ready to march for the Señora de los milagros. There was a group from Puno as well as many others, dressed in national dress and all looking very happy and proud to be in the procession. What a gift for us. The church, itself, was secondary to this wonderful display. Nearby you will find a narrow street of shops where you can get all manner of souvenirs. I heard it is a good place to buy in Arequipa.

Visited October 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awesome view and nice Plaza!”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Crazy how you can see the snowy Volcanos sitting on a bench, in the sun with flower-trees all around you! Loved sitting there and watching all the people coming by!

Visited August 2013
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Arequipa
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3 attraction reviews
“nice but need to be cleaned”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

this Plaza is very nice but we think it need a better maintenance. We liked because it is small with very nice trees, very comfortable place

Visited June 2013
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Lima, Lima, Peru
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Silent yet Impressive”
Reviewed 17 May 2013

One would easily past by this church and simply disregard it as being "typically beautiful" and move on.

However make note of its architectural formation.

There are 2 churches in ONE plaza.
The reason: in precolonial times the largest church
was designed for the aristocrats of the time, whereas the smaller
church was reserved for the help.

TODAY this tradition has switched and now you will likely see the
rich and powerful citizens of the city in the smaller of the two.

Stop by, snap some pictures and wonder how times have changed!

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Holy Week”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

We were so lucky to be here during holy week. We were able
to see a procession with many Arequipans participating. It
was amazing to see, candles, statues, choir, prayer. Loved it.

Visited March 2013
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