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Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: (54) 229 798
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Description: Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a...
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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Arequipa City Tour Including St Catherine Monastery

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Beautiful enclave in the middle of town

Interesting history and beautiful property. Worth 1-2 hours while on a day tour of Arequipa. Don't forget your camera -- the colors are captivating.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Interesting history and beautiful property. Worth 1-2 hours while on a day tour of Arequipa. Don't forget your camera -- the colors are captivating.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

What an astonishing place this convent is. Near the historic centre of Arequipa the convent was developed centuries ago and what is effectively a whole town has been built within a high wall. Clearly there are a number of religious parts to the complex but we were particularly intrigued to see the way a whole section had been laid out... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We had the guided tour and then spent some time on our own wandering around this town within a town. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a good understanding of the history and lifestyle of the Nuns who lived here. Great views of the city are available if you walk up the steps to the roof level.

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Beaufort, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

This a a great afternoon or morning to visite this astonish place , full of rooms, kitchens, old furnitures. And bright colors plenty corridors and caches.

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Arequipa, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It's a little expensive (compared to most things in Arequipa) but a beautiful old monesterio, filled with amazing history. We didn't take a tour - we used the description in Lonely Planet Peru book and read all the plaques, etc., to learn about the story behind the places. It's much bigger than I expected!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The reviews are right - if you like your history then you should part with the cash for this tour. Particularly at night, when the shadowy lighting and open night skies make it really memorable. Seeing the nun's housings and learning about their customs, miracles and death rituals was all very interesting. A highlight. For more Arequipa & Colca Canyon... More 

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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Excellent museum that showcases convent life alongside a substantial collection of religious art. Vividly painted walls, cloisters and alleys give it the feel of being a Mediterranean town within a town. Countless, beautifully restored/preserved buildings and rooms give a real sense of domestic life within the convent, dating back to the 16th century. Guided tours are available and are a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The incredibly well-preserved convent is a look into a world long gone. The tours are excellent and highlight the way of life and customs of the women who lived here. The art work, flower-filled courtyards, frescoes, furnishings, and dishware are just delightful. You can wander on your own after the tour, and every room and corner is a picture. The... More 

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Perth Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I was stunned when we visited this historic complex today. The overall size is almost overwhelming. Many, many rooms appropriately decorated showing their use over many 100's of years. Plus numerous courtyards. Most of the exterior walls within the monastery are painted in a vibrant blue or terracotta. This gives a striking effect. This should be on the top of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This monastery is a must see if you're in Arequipa. The grounds and walkways are picturesque, art and paintings are amazing, the "cells" where the nuns lived are all different and interesting. By "cell" you'd think they were small rooms. Not so - some had a sitting room, a bedroom, kitchen, patio and rooftop terrace. The laundry area was unique... More 

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