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Handicrafts Center, Fundo El Fierro, Arequipa

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Maybe you wondered what else I can know about this beautiful city of Arequipa! Let me tell you that the White City has many places to know, for example we can visit the Centro de Artesanías Fundo El Fierro, perfect to take the best souvenirs.

The Craft Center with the passage of time shares space with the Municipal Historical Museum "Guillermo Zegarra Meneses" and is now an Art Association Producers Fundo El Fierro is sold in this place different textiles, seeds, wrought iron and more.

The artisans of Fundo El Fierro have been doing this fair for more than 40 years, but due to the sanitary situation - Covid 19 that the world experienced, the artisans had to suspend any activity, however, last year they were able to realize this tradition.

But, let's know a little of its history, how this place began. The Fundo Fierro is so named because in the beginning it belonged to Jorge Antonio del Fierro, he decided to give part of his property to the school of Educandas being the founder Jorge Antonio del Fierro.

This gentleman asked the king of 1803 to grant him permission to hand over the property, which was accepted and on February 11, 1931, by means of a will, this property was legalized as belonging to the school of the Educandas.

However, due to the national public situation, this place will house the inmates of the public jail in 1891, but it was provisional until the construction of the building that is currently the men's jail is completed.

There are some records, which indicate that the place was rented on several occasions in the 1940s and even a mechanical workshop was installed in the 60s and 70s. After some time the facilities were abandoned and uninhabited, so it had to be passed to another owner of the Departmental Corporation of Development of Arequipa according to law 23339 in 1981.

Then it passed to the Regional Government of Arequipa just for some modifications that were made, and as I mentioned in the place you will find the Municipal Historical Museum "Guillermo Zegarra Meneses" and the Association of Artisans Producers Fundo El Fierro.

Fundo El Fierro Arequipa
Fundo El Fierro Arequipa Foto@brun0_penaranda

Where is Fundo El Fierro located in Arequipa?

It is located at 213 Puente Grau Street, near San Francisco Square in Arequipa.

What to see and do in Fundo El Fierro?

Aretsanos Fundo El Fierro
Artisans Fundo El Fierro

As we know every year this fair brings together about 50 artisans from different regions that expose the best of their locality, among the participants are Arequipa, Piura, Ayacucho, Madre de Dios, Puno, Cusco and Moquegua.

Among the things we can see in the Fundo El Fierro are:

  • Handmade garments, sweaters, gloves, caps, vests.
  • Leather bags.
  • Craftsmanship in ashlar.
  • Works in leather and copper.
  • Costume jewellery with natural stones, etc.

This fair takes place in the month of August between the first week until the 31st of the month, but this date can vary according to the agreements of the leaders, just in these dates you should visit one of the largest fairs that are exposed in Arequipa, they are also ideal to take souvenirs for friends, family.

If you are planning to visit Arequipa, write to Terandes and he will provide you with some tour packages to visit the best known and unknown destinations in the White City.

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