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Monastery of Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
(54) 229 798
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Gardens, Art Museums
Owner description: Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a large complex of rooms, picturesque plazas, ornate fountains and a maze of... more » 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. « less
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I vitiated here today for the first time, despite travelling to Arequipa on a number of occasions. I was surprised by the sheer size of the monastery, it is very large and covers a wide area, so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. This attraction is a true historical and cultural treat, there is so much to see in... More

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Cork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Visited the monastery while in Arequipa for 2 days. Great little place to visit with a nice cafe inside. We skipped the personal guided tour and pottered around ourselves as they have information in both Spanish and English. If you're interested in religious history well worth a visit, if not it is still a nice place to pop into while... More

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Arezzo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Great monastery to visit right in the centre of Arequipa, only a few steps away from the main square. It is almost like a town on itself, with characteristic red and blue walls and many alleys to walk along. Very interesting!

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Mexico City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is probably the reason you are visiting Arequipa. The whole complex is wonderful and very interesting. A photographer’s paradise. Go with a guide (very cheap) or you will not understand much of what you are seeing. The tour takes 1.5 hours.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This HUGE monastery is quite capturing... it is well-kept and easy to get lost in the history as you walk through room after room, still set up as it was for the nuns hundreds of years ago. A little pricey, but a good way to spend the afternoon after a long breakfast.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I liked the way the courtyards were laid out, with the artworks and cells from the past. It was interesting to see how people lived in the past, especially given that these Nuns used to be wealthy and they had assistants to do much of the work.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

It is well worth giving plenty of time for this amazing complex of historical buildings. Not a tour to be rushed, but to be savoured. Very atmospheric and evocative of another age.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you like history you should visit. You can take a guide but we didn't. You can see how they used to live in the monastery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This aesthetically beautiful city within a city is a glorified women's prison. Worth the visit for the life it breathes into the lives of women in the 16th- 29th centuries- choices, freedoms, societal norms, religion, piety, wealth and poverty. Extremely interesting, with many wonderful photo ops. Local women host as guides, and ours was terrific. Take the time to explore... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A wonderful monastery steeped in history. Beautiful architecture and it is so huge! Definitely worth spending 10 soles each on the guided tour as so many interesting facts are explained. After the tour you can explore the place yourself too and go up the dome to see wonderful views of the monastery and Arequipa

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