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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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Beautiful place, very interesting

It is very interesting to see how the nuns lived and to her the stories on how was everything around that time. You can get a tour guide for 20 could which I believe is cheap for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It is very interesting to see how the nuns lived and to her the stories on how was everything around that time. You can get a tour guide for 20 could which I believe is cheap for all the information they have, totally worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed walking the streets of this monastery, and the comprehensive guidance that was provided for a more-than-fair 10 Soles (which is a must if you want to understand the crazy history of this place). After the tour (if you took one), you can roam freely and find a nice place to read a book (such as the garden). I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

First a caution - do not lean against the red walls, the colour comes off. I visited this monastery twice in the same day, once with a guide (1 hour) and once without (2-3 hours). The guide added background information which was useful especially if you have not done the background reading before arriving - for example most of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I visited this monastery on my first day in Arequipa and was impressed with the knowledge the monastery's tour guides offered. It is fascinating to hear the details and history of this sanctuary.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I really don't understand why people likes this place. It is really expensive, 40 soles to visit, and too big and too boring. All the rooms looks like the same and the most important place in the Monasterio, where the only saint from Peru lived, it is not even highlighted and you can pass by without seeing it. Go visit... More 

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Sainte-Therese, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The monasterio is in the center so stop to visit if you are in Arequipa. We were able to join a guided tour for only 5 soles each. The visit lasts for about 1 hour and you can learn so much about the monasterio. The view is great from the rooftop, you can see the city and many moutains/volcanoes, like... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A beautiful place to visit - especially in the late afternoon. We did a self guided tour and enjoyed wandering through the monastery. The view from the top of the staircase by the exit was spectacular.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The Monastery is very well-maintained and definitely the top sight in Arequipa. The entrance is not cheap and to fully understand what you are seeing, you should consider hiring one of the official guides who offer themselves to you once you are inside. This adds to the already costly entrance, but without a guide it is difficult to appreciate the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A must see in Arequipa, just a few minutes walk from Plaza de Armes. This is in fact a convent for nuns rather than a monastery in the English language sense. It feels like a town within a town, complete with street names for the little alleys and courtyards. Everything is vibrantly colored and has a Mediterranean feel and there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The convent was founded in 1579, constructed from white volcanic stone. There is a private section not open to the public where the nuns are currently situated however apart from this area you are able to wander around the convent freely. There are beautiful works of art displayed in two exhibition halls. You can look at the cells where the... More 

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