Two of my favorite spots in Arequipa were the Casa del Moral and Casa Tristan del Pozo. Both have courtyards, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself in the early evening.
The Casa del Moral on Moral Street was built in the 17th century (that’s the 1600s) and is set up like it would have been at that time with furniture, maps, and paintings that give the visitor a feel for life in colonial Arequipa.
Entrance to the Casa del Moral
Courtyard at Casa del Moral
These old maps are works of art.
An 18th-century map of Peru
A 17th-century map of the Western Hemisphere. Do you recognize the continents? A 16-century map of the Western Hemisphere.
What a beautiful blue. Reminds me of the blue in the Muslim world. Is that an example of cultural diffusion?
There’s nothing quite like late afternoon sunlight.
Traditional jugs big enough to fit a small 6th-grader. These painting of Jesus are classic examples of the Cusqueña style of art — he is looking down and the is pretty bloody (although rather tame compared to some other paintings in the Cusqueña style).
A shrine to the Virgin Mary, decorated in the Art Nouveau, which seems like it shouldn’t be in a 17th century house.
Casa Tristan del Pozo, which now shares its space with Banco Colonial, is a colonial mansion that was built in the 18th century. It faces a small pedestrian strip behind the Cathedral that’s a little commercial, but is still nice to stroll down.
Front entrance to the Casa Tristan del Pozo
The bench at the entrance was not made for sitting, but for using as a step to get on and off your horse.
Courtyard with wonderful arches
Looking into the courtyard from a side room. Notice the detail on the shutters.
As we’ve seen, Colonial architecture in Peru incorporated images and themes important to the Inca like the sun. Check it out here.