Casa Ricketts


The ornate Casa Ricketts has served as a seminary, archbishop’s palace, school and home to well-to-do families since it was built in 1738. Today it is the most splendiferous working bank in the city – possibly in all of Peru. Even if you’re not here for a transaction, it’s worth nosing around its small gallery of Arequipan art, and its dual interior courtyards with their puma-headed fountains.

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