The green dome, surmounted by a statue of the Virgin Mary at a height of 70 meters, rises well beyond the surrounding buildings. The statue is not, as you might think, made of stone, but fiberglass and resin, is the work of artist Fredy Luque Sonco de Arequipa.
These materials were chosen for the restored church. The statue planned for 1956 was made of concrete and, as it turned out, was too heavy for the dome. Therefore, the church remained without jewels at the top, until the restoration was completed in 2006.
The facade of the church is decorated with pink, white columns, cornices and window frames that give structure to the building. The effect is colorful, but still simple. In fact, it is reminiscent of the sacred Renaissance Italian buildings. What it does not have, however, is a long ship behind the rounded entry area. Thus, Corazón de María, with its arrangement and asymmetrical surface, continues to be a small and compact church; the interior can be seen well if one stands in the middle of the room and throws a look around.