Photo: The Santa Catolina Monastery

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


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Love the colors of the town–so quaint–and what a view!

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  2. I love all the beautiful photos and colors. Looks like some of the places I have visited in Mexico in my 3 yrs of living near Guadalajara…Keep up the good work, Brendan…

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  3. Beautiful photos – you’ve really captured the essence of the place. it makes me wish I could teleport there to wander slowing along the streets all day!

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  4. great pics. thanks for sharing us another world out side the U.S.A.

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