Foto Friday: The Santa Catolina Monastery
The city of Arequipa, Peru sits at the base of three very large snow-capped volcanoes. These volcanoes very much define the city, not only for the amazing backdrop that they provide, but also for the material they once produced. Arequipa is known as the “White City” because of a volcanic stone, called sillar, that has been used to construct the buildings in this colonial city for centuries. Sillar provides a soft cement like product which is portrays itself almost like a cream. To steer design away from monotony of white, many buildings, include the featured Santa Catolina, have painted their buildings in the bright colours of red, blue, and yellow. Santa Catolina is a photographers dream location. It is filled with angles, interesting perspectives, and bright fashionable colours. If there is one place I plan to go back and photograph at some point, it is here. Enjoy the pictures.