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.

The Streets of Santa Catolina

Calle Seville

The walls can be any colour from red to blue to yellow. In this case, the walls are a simple white.

A traditional kitchen

A blue hallway

A Very Red Hallway

Me sitting on the top of the Monastery with the snow capped volcanoes in the background

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