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Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
(54) 229 798
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Arequipa
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Art Museums, Gardens, Cultural
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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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

There is something about the Santa Catalina Monastery that moves you. It is not only one of the prettiest places I've seen, but also one that touched me emotionally. I don't usually like going into religious landmarks. But this place was different. I'm not sure what, whether it is the beauty, perhaps combined with the stories, but altogether it leaves... More

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Hong Kong Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I spend almost 3 hrs there just walk around and take photos. I love the place, the tour guide is so nice I nearly lost my camera without them but it is quite expensive for the entrance ticket.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Santa Catalina exceeded all our expectations. We had an English tour guide which was great to truly appreciate the history and magnificence of this historical, cultural and religious landmark. Rosanna, Sydney Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This is like a mini city within a city. It is well presented, well maintained and very interesting. There are guides that will show you around for a small fee... well worth the cost as they will give you a good insight into the past! Not to be missed during your stay in Arequipa.

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Lakewood Pierce County, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We decided to hire a guide and I was glad we did. Unless there is a guide book or audio guide you can purchase somewhere, to get a real feel for the place and to know exactly what you are seeing, you will need to. Yes you can see the rooms but a guide will tell you what nun slept... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had an excellent guide (provided by the Monastery) who added a lot of depth to the experience. This was included in our package, so I don't know the specific cost of adding a guide, but definitely consider it. She explained that originally wealthy families would decide that a certain daughter would become a nun. Their rooms were paid for... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This was a truly interesting site. While it does have the religious aspect to the visit, it was amazing to see how people lived in this convent years ago. A little village within the city. The construction was quite special, We weren't expecting to really take to it, but it was so large and interesting that we ended up spending... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting this attraction during one of our days in Arequipa, PERU. I was a bit reluctant to see this museum, after all who wants to spend precious vacation time touring a convent? But boy were we shocked! This is absolutely NOTHING like the convents we have toured back in the US, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had a guide take us round this beautiful monastery and would recommend it, we learned so much about the life of the cloistered nuns in the monastery that we would have otherwise missed. The tour takes about an hour and can be in English or Spanish and you do see most of this miniature city although you are then... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Don't forget to take your camera when exploring this magical place in the center of Arequipa. I recommend going on a Tuesday or Thursday to see the sunset and feel this places magic even more at night. Candles, lights, small bonfires. Just worth going even though the price seems quite high.

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