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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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A must-see when in Arequipa. It is incredible to learn of this history and the relative luxury of the nuns until the Pope intervened. You are in the heart of the city but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A must-see when in Arequipa. It is incredible to learn of this history and the relative luxury of the nuns until the Pope intervened. You are in the heart of the city but the place feels quiet and peaceful.You can go onto a roof to get agood view of the city. The washing area was one of my favourite places... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

More a small village than a convent, the guided tour provides a fascinating insight into the lives of these Nuns from very affluent backgrounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Arequipa the White city has many thing to offer you, on of this its During his visit to Arequipa, Viceroy Francisco Toledo was informed by the Town Corporation about their wish, from years back, to found a monastery of nuns. He gave the necessary licenses to found the private monastery of nuns of the Order of Saint Catherine of Siena.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It's definitely worth a couple of hours of your day to visit the Monastery if you've time during your stay. The monastery is steeped in history and dates back a few hundred years. As a result, it's a labyrinth of corridors and rooms, most of which are preserved and give you a feel for what it was like when it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I'm not Catholic and I found this interesting. This place is a very large, active monastery. Part of the monastery is sectioned off for the active nuns, and part is preserved to show us how the nuns lived in the past - their religious practices, their quarters, and how the community operated. Odds are, any brochure you have for Arequipa... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It's not na importante place to go in Arequipa. The church, obviously is old, but has nothing lik "you must see". Please, in Arequipa, just take a trip to the Canyon and other outdoors atractions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I may have visited the monastery the three times i have been in Arequipa over the years. There is magic in the visit, thinking through how the nuns lived there and the secrets they had. The last time i visited only official guides were allowed, that somehow was a bit odd on my view, but totally understandable given the amount... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was a good start for our first day in Arequipa, I personally thought it was a little expensive considering that the fees did not include the guide, so we walked at our own pace reading and taking photos whenever we wanted, you can see the whole thing in about 1 1/2 hours. Over all it was an interesting visit... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The Monastery is one of the top rated tourist to-dos in Arequipa, but with a ticket price at 40 soles a person, it was unfortunately not in our budget! It's a beautiful building from the outside, and there seemed to be a big crowd going in for tours, but 40 soles for a historical tour of a monastery? No thanks.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

explored the old monastery in Arequipa - interesting history and look into a different way of life. Interesting photo ops

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Address: Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: (54) 229 798
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Arequipa Region  >  Arequipa

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