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Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
(54) 229 798
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Art Museums, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Art Museums, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a large complex of rooms, picturesque plazas, ornate fountains and a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets.
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This provides a fascinating insight into the options and lives of women in the 17th -19th centuries. It is also a beautiful place, with fabulously coloured walls, courtyards, nook and crannies, excellent tour guides and the most photogenic place I've visited. A must-see while in Arequipa. It has a cafe with garden, but we had fresh lemonade and cake at... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Great way to spend the afternoon. Make sure you hire a guide to get the most out of your visit. And bring your camera, you will want to take pictures!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This was what was needed after all the hustle and bustle of Arequipa. The place is so unexpecting and delightful. We wondered through all of the historic areas with about 3 or 4 other people at times, not sure if there are times when there are more people, we basically had the place to ourselves. Love the colors of the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Such a lovely, serene place to spend a few hours... Don't miss it... It's like a miniature city! Beautiful gardens inside to stop and chill for a while too. The restaurant looks lovely as well!

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Timisoara, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Arequipa was supposed to be a just quick sleep 'n shower stop after a 24h bus ride from Chile. We decided however to visit Santa Catalina monastery just as an afternoon pastime activity, and I'm so happy we did. The place is simply wonderful, an oasis in bloom, painted in the most beautiful colours. My advice is to take it... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Do set aside plenty of time to tour this museum. There is so much to see and take pictures of. You could get lost inside on purpose of course its not hard to find your way back. This is a very beautiful museum. With setting left as was when the nuns were there throughout.

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Really a small town inside these walls. Just down the street from the cathedral and other museums. An hour is enough, unless you are really interested in convent life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Enjoyable experience. At the entrance you get a map, so without a problem you can walk by yourself, plus every room has a board with explanations. But you can take a guide as well, they're waiting inside. This is the kind of place in Arequipa you should go first.

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Dresden, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

It is interesting, but for me, not a "must see" in the city. They lack information on several places, especially in english. Recommend if you are really really interested in history, but hire a guide.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

took the guide at the recommended 10 soles each for a tour of this nunnery. There are English explanations in key rooms but it was nice to have the guide give a fluent English explanation. We went back again on our own after the 1 hour guided trip was over, took pics without flash, and had a great time. Their... More 

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