Arequipa Cathedral



Arequipa Cathedral

Arequipa Cathedral (also known as Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary ) is considered one of the first religious monuments of the seventeenth century in Arequipa.

It was built with ignimbrite (volcanic stone) and brick vaults; It is the main sanctuary of the city occupying the entire north of the Plaza de Armas side. Built entirely in ashlar, it exhibits a neo-Renaissance style with some Gothic influence.

Its facade consists of seventy columns with Corinthian capitals, three covers and two large lateral arches. It is topped by two tall towers and stylized Renaissance. Inside is the main altar, made of Carrara marble which was made by Felipe Maratillo. In the nave the incomparable carved wood pulpit stands of oak by the artist Buisine Rigot, in Lille, France, and sees Christ defeating the evil serpent.

In the background, there is a body of Belgian origin, whose value lies in being one of the largest in South America. The chapel of Lord of Great Power is frequented by locals. In 1844 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1868 by architect Lucas Poblete Arequipa. It is neoclassical and income to the temple is located in the aisles. The basilica was hit hard by the earthquake of 2001, which seriously affected its towers.


  • 16°23'52.8" south latitude
  • 71°32'12.3" west longitude

Regular schedule:

Monday to Saturday from 07:00 to 11:30 hours and from 17:00 to 19:30 hours

Sundays from 7:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 19 hours.


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