We were only able to drive by this famous cathedral built by Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame as it is being worked on. This was part of the excellent private tour we took from South Excursions during our recent cruise.
I hope to go back sometime and see the inside.
A stop on a cruise. Don't waste your money on a cruise tour. Take a private tour or a cab. The church is closed to tourists. Scaffolding surrounds most of the outside. Arica was clean and easy to get around. The downtown center was our first stop. Most everything was closed.
We visited the cathedral on a recent visit to Arica. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the church is said to have been brought here instead of the originally intended site as the arid desert climate was more suitable for it. It is the focal point of the town center. I read that the key/plans for assembling it was once on display...