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Santa Teresa Convent & Museum of Colonial Art

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Address: Melgar 303, Arequipa, Peru
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A quiet respite from the heat of the city

The convent is a beautiful example of colonial architecture and a more orderly contrast to the rambling (also beautiful) convent of Santa Catalina. The inexpensive tour is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The convent is a beautiful example of colonial architecture and a more orderly contrast to the rambling (also beautiful) convent of Santa Catalina. The inexpensive tour is recommended, the descriptions of the evolution of colonial art in Peru, and the involvement of the Carmelite order were well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I was honored to be invited to a Private dinner in the garden of the museum and it was a fabulous evening with fantastic surrounding history of the " White City"

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AREQUIPA, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Santa Teresa is an active Monastary (like Santa Catalina). It is smaller than Santa Catalina but better equipped. Each hall has a theme (paintings, everyday monastary life, jewelry, etc). Gives a good view of monastic life in Arequipa.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Visited in an afternoon. Most of the rooms were so dark you could not see the art. Unlike Santa Catalina, most rooms were not open. No tour guide available. Courtyard is pleasant, as were some of the corridors. I find it hard to fathom all the rave reviews of the place. If you have just a day or two in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

The vibes of the convent are amazing. It's a trip back in time, lesson about catholic church and nuns lifes. The architecture is very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Visited the convent with a guide who took us around this lovely convent in the centre of Arequipa, really interesting. We ate in the convent café which was really good, just remember to ask for the menu to see what is on offer

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

If you are in Arequipa add this to your trip. I have had the opportunity to have the tour both with my children and work associates and it is a must see. Daily life in a colonial cloistered convent is explained in detail and the guides have been knowledgeable and professional. Great visit in the high mountains.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is like a village within the town. Make sure you get a guide to explain it all so you get the full experience. It's amazing how the nuns used to live. Great photo ops at every turn. It's been preserved beautifully. Take your time after the tour to visit the cafe & relax in the little courtyard & soak... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Convent perfectly fine and interesting, more like a small village than the traditional cloistered convent. Quite expensive by Peru standards 40 soles pp to enter plus 40 soles for a guide if you need one. It would be preferable as little is described comprehensively and even with a map on the ticket which is quite large it wasn’t easy to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Helpful tour guide gave us history of the place, and took us through living quarters. Afterwards, we walked around on our own. The juxtaposition of the colors, simple architecture, narrow walkways were so evocative of a different time and place. One of the rooms reminded us of a Flemish painting. Very serene atmosphere.

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