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Santa Teresa Convent & Museum of Colonial Art

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Address: Melgar 303, Arequipa, Peru

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An eye opener to religious Hypocrasy

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The nuns from rich families had apartments and staff to wait on, yet those from poorer backgrounds were kept virtual prisoners. Lots of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Manchester
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Manchester
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The nuns from rich families had apartments and staff to wait on, yet those from poorer backgrounds were kept virtual prisoners. Lots of religious artifacts to see.

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Victoria
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176 reviews 176 reviews
26 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This museum is amazing, it has the best collection of religious art from the 1500s to 1800s I have every seen, together with iconic artifacts and a series of convent buildings with stunning architectural and in- built artistic features. The Cusquena art here is gob smacking in its intensity and originality, even the virgin mary's angels wear inca head pieces.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
314 helpful votes 314 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed this visit. We elected not to have a guide as the rooms were signed in English and Spanish. It's no Santa Catalina, but it is worth a visit to look at the art, rooms and chapel. It's also quite nice being able to spend time without a guide (almost impossible everywhere else in Arequipa!)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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48 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

You could easily spend half a day on a guided tour of the convent. You get to see virtually everything from living quarters to the kitchens, chapels and gardens. Well cared for and expertly explained by bilingual guides. Something not to miss on a trip to Arequipa.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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260 reviews 260 reviews
24 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I don't usually review tourist sites but after an evening spent strolling around the monastery I felt compelled to do so. This is an absolute gem, not just in Peru or South America but perhaps globally. I would start by saying that there is little to actually 'see' and the objects within the open rooms are full of genuine history... More 

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Plano, Texas
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106 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is not one of those super blinged out churches. It is very tastefully done and the painted scenes on the ceiling are really great. The church is bathed in light and it gives you a very upbeat and light feeling when you are there. The main door is on the side and that creates a very nice impression when... More 

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Split, Croatia
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37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very interessting to see how the nuns were living at the time, a lot of coulours and different interssting details. Enjoyed walking around.

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had a little time left, so visited this convent. We were the only people there and a English speaking guide showed us the way round. It' s quite small - probably took about an hour, and doesn't have endless passageways like Santa Catalina. There's a main courtyard and the rooms off that contain art work or artefacts. You see... More 

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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

A little hidden gem nearby the square. The place itself is not as commercialize as Santa Catalina and offers interesting insights on how the convent / monastery works back then. The guide was patient and helpful and explaining the history to us. Never once rush us through our walk. Don't forget to give Misti a belly rub. Misti is the... More 

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Helena, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The tour was just right- informative, one hour with a hospitable and professional guide. We learned so much and enjoyed the colorful, peaceful setting. Thank you

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