Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

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Santa Catalina Monastery remains one of the most original architectural pieces of the Peruvian viceroyal period. Founded in 1579, it belongs to the Dominica order and currently houses cloistered nuns in a reserved area. Considered a large-scale monument, it has three cloisters, multiple streets and passages, around eighty houses that were occupied by nuns, one main square, and an art gallery that displays a valuable collection of paintings, most of them from the colonial Cusco school of art. Completely built of a white volcanic material called "sillar," it is one of the most important tourist attractions in the city of Arequipa and attracts visitors from all over the world. A visit to Santa Catalina Monastery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arequipa holiday maker website to plot your vacation.
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  • I recommend you get a guide and don't just wander around. The place is a citadel from the colonial era frozen in time. Great architecture, great artifacts, great old wood-burning kitchens with the... 
    I recommend you get a guide and don't just wander around. The place is a citadel from the colonial era frozen in time. Great architecture, great artifacts, great old wood-burning kitchens with the...  more »
  • The convent covers 5 acres and is a charming place to stoll, with lots of flowers, interesting rooms, and streets that felt like we were in Italy. 
    The convent covers 5 acres and is a charming place to stoll, with lots of flowers, interesting rooms, and streets that felt like we were in Italy.  more »
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  • Fantastic experience of an extremely old monastery. That is still functioning but also retains its original heritage. It's 40 soles to enter and 10 soles for a guided tour. I highly recommend the guided tour as you get so much more for the place. I also recommend going at approx 5pm or just before it closes as you get the tour during sunset which adds to the experience.
  • This is a fascinating trip through the history of the religious side of - but also the general history of - Arequipa, Peru. Dating from the 1500s and still housing 20 devout nuns it is a beautiful and obviously revered part of the community and traditions of the area. Group tours are available in Spanish and English at the entrance and the gift shop has handmade items and foods made by the nuns.

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