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Santa Teresa Convent & Museum of Colonial Art

Address: Melgar 303, Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #12 of 40 Attractions in Arequipa
Type: Museums
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English first
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175 reviews 175 reviews
26 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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22 attraction reviews
311 helpful votes 311 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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21 helpful votes 21 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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24 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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
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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
22 helpful votes 22 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This should be on "must-see" list. Within walking distance from the main square. I visited early on a Saturday morning when it was very quiet. The convent is well maintained with an excellent collection of religious art - paintings, textiles and silverware. Great garden for a peaceful sit-down.

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