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Santa Teresa Convent & Museum of Colonial Art

Melgar 303, Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #6 of 34 Attractions in Arequipa
Type: Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Kuala Lumpur
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
57 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

When we compared notes with friends after our tour of the convent we definitely had the better tour. It was a fascinating insight into the life of the privileged elite of the ruling class in pre- independence Peru. After meeting with our friends at the end of the tour, we made our way back to the coffee shop and had... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
52 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

we didn't see the entire museum but we did see the exhibition concerning the Inca sacrifice Juanita. A great exhibition and well laid out and explained by a 20 minute video and culminating in viewing Juanita herself.

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Budapest, Hungary
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73 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It might sounds stupid but I was crazy about to see Misti the nun's dog. I did:) And also had the pleasure to visit this charming convent. The museum of colonial art was above all expectation. It was very informative explaining processes step by step.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

compared to santa catalina this place is just boring. sure the buildings and the small courtyard is nice - but there´s really not much to see. Also we had a nun (or student) looking over our shoulder the whole time. And the entrancefee is just overprized. Unless you´re really in to churches and convents don't bother...

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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Located a short walk from the Plaza de Armas at Calle Melgar 303, this still functioning Carmelite convent contains a large and beautiful collection of colonial era religious art and objects which are beautifully displayed. The collection and the building itself are in pristine condition. Guided tours are available (for a tip), and our guide gave us an unhurried hour... More

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Arequipa, Peru
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you like architecture and art, don't miss it. is in the center of the city, there are many things to check there.

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