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Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: (54) 229 798
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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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I usually don't like visiting too much of the religious places, but this was definitely worth it! It's unbelievably beautiful inside and I recommend to take a guide who will tell... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I usually don't like visiting too much of the religious places, but this was definitely worth it! It's unbelievably beautiful inside and I recommend to take a guide who will tell you interesting stories about this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The convent located in the centre of Arequipa just a short walk from the central square is a must in the city. The price to enter is a bit pricey by Peruvian standards at 40 Soles but it was worth it when you got to discover this ancient city within a city. The convent consists of cute little streets and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must do, simply amazing. Take the guided tour and get a wonderful insight into this amazing convent city in the heart of Arequipa. With over 500 people at its peak it is an amazing place to visit . Definitely take a guide, just 20 Sol, a real bargain. Allow 2 hrs.

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Thank Andy H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Build in mid 1500's many parts of the complex have a medieval sentiment to it. Most definitely a cultural marvel revealing much about the Spanish colonial era in Peru.

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La Paz, Bolivia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place to visit & take photos, amazing history. The colors add a special touch. Seeing how nuns lived is incredible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Guides will approach as you enter offering tours. Unfortunately our time was far too limited (Arequipa deserves at least a few days!), so we negotiated a briefer tour with a wonderful guide, who gave us a wonderful tour with great stories about the lives of the girls and women who lived here. The buildings and grounds are beautiful; rooms are... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the convent is very picturesque and colourful, with an interesting history. Climb the tower to get a good view over the town

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Monasterio de Santa Catalina was established in 1580 and it's inner workings remained secret until it was opened to the public in 1970. I was quite surprised to find this as the top destination for Arequipa but due to this, felt obligated to visit. We visited in the daytime although I noted it is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

How can a religious monastery be the most interesting thing in town? Well it is. How the life styles of the women who lived here, changed as the Catholic church changed was the most interesting piece of history to me. Guided tours throughout the monastery take about an hour, but you are free to stay longer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely tour with a guide from the Monasterio through the history of this beautiful institution. We learned lots about the lot of women in the 15 and 1600's.

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