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La Compania de Jesus Church


Located in the Plaza de Armas, between Portal and Portal Municipality Flores.


It was built in 1578 by Gaspar Baez, which collapsed in the earthquake of 1582. Eight years later the Jesuit Diego Felipe began the second building of the temple, according to plans by Gaspar Baez. Later it was damaged by the earthquake of 1687, the restoration was completed in 1698. The 1868 earthquake brought down the tower, the new tower, made according to different design, was demolished in the earthquake of 1960.

This set is made up of buildings constructed by the Jesuits for religious and living purposes. The plant is a Latin cross and has three naves deep side chapels, a transept and a dome on scallops. The temple and the facade, like the rest of colonial monuments of the city of Arequipa, are made of ashlar stone.



This church has a facade of two bodies. The lower body has three streets between doubles and paired columns, the top of the grand facade, has one main street, has double columns and topped by a pediment of three lobes harboring a niche where you see a San Miguel carved in ashlar.

An elaborately carved pulpit in fine wood gilt gold leaf, shows a size that seems fine gold filigree on the chest and the soundboard.

The altar in Baroque style is monumental, especially in gold leaf. Houses in their niches images of saints like St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society, St. Francis Borgia, Duke of Gandia and Grandee of Spain. In this altar is also an image of the heart of Jesus.


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