Arequipa: The beauty just don’t stop

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.

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Entrance to the Casa del MoralOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Courtyard at Casa del MoralOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
These old maps are works of art.

Sea monsters! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
An 18th-century map of PeruOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
A 17th-century map of the Western Hemisphere. Do you recognize the continents? OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 16-century map of the Western Hemisphere.

 

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What a beautiful blue. Reminds me of the blue in the Muslim world. Is that an example of cultural diffusion?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere’s nothing quite like late afternoon sunlightOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Traditional jugs big enough to fit a small 6th-grader. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese 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). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
A shrine to the Virgin Mary, decorated in the Art Nouveau, which seems like it shouldn’t be in a 17th century house. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFront entrance to the Casa Tristan del Pozo

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The bench at the entrance was not made for sitting, but for using as a step to get on and off your horse.

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Courtyard with wonderful arches
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Looking into the courtyard from a side room. Notice the detail on the shutters.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs we’ve seen, Colonial architecture in Peru incorporated images and themes important to the Inca like the sun. Check it out here.

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