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Arequipa Cathedral

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The imposing Arequipa Cathedral stretches the entire length of the north end of the Plaza de Armas in earthquake-prone Arequipa.


Arequipa Cathedral was originally constructed in 1656. It stood for over two centuries, but was gutted by fire in 1844 then destroyed in the earthquake of 1868. The cathedral was rebuilt shortly thereafter, and still stands today.

Another large earthquake hit Arequipa in June of 2001, which toppled one of the cathedral's towers but did not cause major damage.

What to See

Arequipa Cathedral is a fine example of Spanish colonial architecture, but is especially notable for its immense size. Its huge facade dominates an entire side of the Plaza de Armas in the center of the city. Inside is an organ donated by Belgium in 1870, which is said to be the largest in South America.

Quick Facts on Arequipa Cathedral

Site Information
Names:Arequipa Cathedral
Styles:Spanish Colonial
Dates:1656; 1868
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Arequipa, Peru
Coordinates:16.398125° S, 71.536676° W  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Arequipa Cathedral

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  2. Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa - Wikipedia

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Title:Arequipa Cathedral
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:09/10/2009
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