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Santa Teresa Convent & Museum of Colonial Art

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Address: Melgar 303, Arequipa, Peru
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More like a small village than the traditional cloistered convent

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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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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Cusco, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I decided to visit this convent because I Heard about the art they exhibit here and I took one guide of the same museum it was a place where I learnt a lot about not only the art also about the colonial time in this city and in the end I went by the shop they have at the entrance... More 

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Manchester
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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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104 helpful votes 104 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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Melgar 303, Arequipa, Peru
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Arequipa Region  >  Arequipa

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