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Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: (54) 229 798
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Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Historic walking areas, Gardens, Art museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Historic walking areas, Gardens, Art museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Santiago, Chile
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I went to this place after reading a few about it, and I was quite disappointed when I listened to the guide who just made up a story fitting the Catholic religion. I think is too expensive compare to what you see, however it is a must in Arequipa. I recommend people to read by themselves before going and build... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This monastery is an incredible place, full of colour and gardens The cafeteria is an amazing hidden place. We loved it

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Strongly suggest to book a tour as the history of this facility warrents a knowledgeable explanation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A lot of history, a sense of what life was in this privileged place, I liked the organized tour, this is a 20000m space and thus you have a sense that you are almost on your own, living a life of centuries ago

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Crestview, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A must do in Arequipa but be prepared to take a few hours walking around the many rooms and courtyards. This is a surprisingly large complex of buildings and is very interesting to walk round to see how the nuns lived.

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's a huge and beautiful place, where you can see how the nouns lived. It takes you back to the first days of colonial days, and the constructions are amazing. We went at the end of the day and it was perfect because we had the chance of watching an incredible sunset from the second floor terraces.There´s a little coffee... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It certainly is a maze in there but it's beautiful and you can literally get lost just wandering around. Went there at sun set, and the views of the city and El Misty were amazing!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I highly recommend seeing the monastery because it is such a beautiful building, this city inside a city. The religous and historical aspects are interesting, but I just really enjoyed strolling down these charming streets and seeing the cave like homes tucked inside.

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San Antonio, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

What an eye-opening experience! Mostly the daughters of wealthy Spanish residents lived here in what must have been considerable comfort for the time due to the significant dowries their families gave the convent. They were secluded in their own separate living areas each with its own kitchen facilities. Several of the apartments had European imported pianos and we even saw... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The Monasterio is awsome. It's like a little city, with a lot of streets and houses. It's look like a maze, with a lot of hallways between the houses. It has a incredible view from the top of one of its buildings.

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