Plaza de Armas

sights / Squares & plazas

Lonely Planet review

Arequipa’s main plaza, unblemished by modern interferences (save for the ubiquitous honking taxis) is a museum of the city’s sillar architecture – white, muscular and aesthetically unique. Impressive colonnaded balconies line three sides. The fourth is given over to Peru’s widest cathedral, a humungous edifice with two soaring towers. Even this is dwarfed by the duel snow-capped sentinels of El Misto and Chanchani, both visible from various points in the central park.