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Day 4 - This typical colonial-era Spanish building built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic rock used extensively in the construction of the city is located at the same street as Sanit Catalina's Monastery near our hotel. I found the texture and intense white as well as the details around the windows interesting.

It is often said that the city's name comes from the Quechua phrase "Ari, quepay" which means "Yes, stay". Nowadays one assumes that the name is from Aymara "ari" (peak) + "kipa" (locative) and means something like "near the mountain". Anyway in both languages the name meanings matches with the city biggest qualities: a place with warm and nice people that make you feel welcome and want to stay and also a place surrounded by mountains. Besides those meanings, Arequipa is also known as "the white city" because of it's constructions in "sillar".

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