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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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behind the walls

Excellent location to see behind cloister walls. The guide was very informative and we spent hours walking around enjoying the cloister

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Excellent location to see behind cloister walls. The guide was very informative and we spent hours walking around enjoying the cloister

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Great interesting site. You don't to go with a guide and can wander at your own pace. Don't miss the climb to the roof for views. Best in the am before the clouds block the mountains.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

To see this exquisitely preserved monastery from the 16th century was very interesting and well worth the time to see it. It exudes serenity... It's a cloistered "city" with each nun's home preserved, where they lived with a servant. They taught daughters of rich Spanish residents all the "lady" skills deemed necessary for the age.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Really interesting attraction. Spent several hours looking into rooms, spaces and general snooping around the site.

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I spent a whole afternoon in this surprisingly well designed monastery under a great blue sky in September 2012. I got very inspired and traveled through time. I just wished they were some Inca temples as well. If you go to the terrace upstairs you will enjoy a wonderful view of mountains and not far this great attraction worth the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Expecting to see small cubby holes for rooms where these cloistered nuns would have spent their lives, we were pleasantly surprised to see large, somewhat comfortable rooms with access to gardens. Apparently it was designed for wealthy families who were required to build nice 'houses' in this huge complex for their daughters who pretty much were confined there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Beautiful monetary. They are still discovering hidden gems all these years later. Although you do get accosted by the locals trying to sell you things or to have a photo taken of the ladies in traditional costume, if you just say no they do go away. !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

You are really transported into another time and place by this wonderful museum. One of the best places I have visited in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

i usually do not care much for monasteries but this one blew my mind! it is huge and you could totally imagine how the nuns must have lived back in the day! you also get a nice view of the misty.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Interesting, specially from the side of the history and who stay there. It was a monastery fro reach Spanish girls, who came over there with servants, they had concerts, could get visitors, wasn't any boring life spent on praying.

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