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San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery

Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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lovely morning at San Francisco Plaza

If you'd like to enjoy the church you'll need to pay 5 soles per person. it's lovely. but I think... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Vienna, Virginia
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... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2016
Baker City, OR
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Zela & San Francisco Streets | Cercado, Arequipa, Peru
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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 30 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 16 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
Reviewed 1 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...More

4  Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 24 April 2016

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

3  Thank Julia H
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...More

4  Thank Witoldzio
Reviewed 12 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.

1  Thank Travels-with-KK
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...More

1  Thank Wayne C
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