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THE CATHEDRAL OF THE CITY DE AREQUIPA


At the beginning, it was a modest chapel, built in 1544 by the bricklayer Pedro Godinez and he/she acquired the cathedral title when being founded the Bishopric of Arequipa in 1600. The walls were of ashlar and the wooden roof. According to the cathedral it evolved after suffering the effects of the earthquakes of 1606, 1666, 1668, 1687 and 1784 (to See more details in AQPlink). In the XVIII century the cathedral was a stone structure and brick of 60 m of long for 28 of wide. Next to the cathedral San Juan's chapel was located, but both churches were destruídas for a fire in 1844 ( 2004).

The new cathedral of style neoclassicist, would occupy the complete extension of the block (107 m) it was the architect's arequipeño work Lucas Poblete. To each side of the atrium of the cathedral two big arches were located, finished in 1850 by Luis Buck. According to Grandidier (1861), the cathedral of Arequipa was in its time "the most important monument construído in Spanish America after the independence."

However, given the commercial character of the square, the religious dominicos didn't doubt to implement a line of kiosks in the atrium, in I deteriorate of the aesthetics of the monument. These locals, denominated compartments were demolished in 1868 with the purpose of beginning a remodeling of the square (Carpio Muñoz 1983), little before the terrible earthquake of August of 1868 (magnitude 9.0) he/she made collapse the towers and roof of the cathedral. The new towers were built more slender and the atrium, according to design of López of Romaña, was visually integrated to the square.

Source: http://moleskinearquitectonico.blogspot.com/2007/04/la - square-of-weapon-of-arequipa-evolucin.html



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