By Peruvian standards, the Chiclayo Cathedral (Iglesia Santa Maria) in the Plaza de Armas is comparatively very young. Not constructed until 1869 (versus the early 16th and 17th centuries for churches in nearby Trujillo), the cathedral and its adjoining public square weren't inaugurated until 1916. Despite its relative youth, however, the cathedral still exudes a sense of grandeur and is one of the most striking buildings in Chiclayo.
Rising along the eastern flank of the pedestrian-filled Plaza de Armas, the white columns and pale yellow façade exude a neoclassical style. Also known as “Catedrál Santa Maria,” the twin bell towers and their white cupolas gaze out over the city, and an exquisite altar and religious carvings grace the cathedral’s interior. From the cathedral’s steps looking out towards the plaza, visitors and locals walk and mingle through the always-happening square, and the area surrounding the Chiclayo Cathedral is one of the most popular parts of the city.
The Chiclayo Cathedral is located in the center of the city adjacent to the Plaza de Armas. Opening hours for visiting the inside of the cathedral are from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the cathedral is free of charge, and for the best photos, consider visiting at night.