Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Exploring Arequipa" Khillski's photos about Arequipa, Peru

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Arequipa, Peru by TravelPod blogger Khillski titled "Exploring Arequipa" Khillski's travel blog entry: "Founded on August 15th 1540 by Manuel Garcia de Carbajal, Arequipa is located at 2.325 meters (8792 feet) above sea level. The Main Square is bordered by beautiful arched walkways and the Cathedral. In the center is a bronze fountain of three plates crowned by the figure of a sixteenth century soldier called Tuturutu. The story goes that he was in charge of warning of any new event (town crier). Around the square are three granite portals with brick and limestone bases: : Portal del Cabildo (Portal de la Municipalidad), Portal de las Delicias (Portal de San Agustín), and Portal del Regocijo (Portal de Flores). The Cathedral was built in the seventeenth century out of the same sillar as much of the city center. It was destroyed by fire in 1844 and rebuilt in 1868 using a neoclassical style. In 2001, the Cathedral (primarily one tower) was damaged by an earthquake and rebuilt. The Santa Catalina Monastery was founded in 1580 by a rich widow, Maria de Guzman. It was not opened to the world for nearly 400 years and since 1970 visitors have been able to wander through the streets and cloisters. During the colonial times the monastery was reserved for the daughters of the nobility who had decided to steal themselves away from the real world and dedicate themselves entirely to prayer. Many of the wealthy nobility endowed the ...

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