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AREQUIPA (Spanish pronunciation: [aɾeˈkipa]) is the capital city of the Arequipa Region in southern Peru. With a population of 836,859 it is the second most populous city of the country. Arequipa lies in the Andes mountains, at an altitude of 2,335 meters (7,661 ft) above sea level; the former snow-capped volcano El Misti overlooks the city. The city has many colonial-era Spanish buildings built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic rock, from which it gets the nickname La Ciudad Blanca ("The White City").[1] Reportedly, it first acquired this nickname in the colonial era, because most of its inhabitants were Creole of Iberian descent. The historic centre of Arequipa was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, in recognition of its architecture and historic integrity.

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  • Uploaded on October 18, 2008
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    by Alva Lopez
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S45
    • Taken on 2008/10/01 13:50:33
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 21.31mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.900
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash