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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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Sydney
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

It's right in town with easy access to most hotel. The price is a bit high at 35 sols plus 10 for a guide although it is so well sign posted including English you really don't need a guide and it gives you the freedom to spend more or less time to where you want. After a few rooms there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English so we had no trouble at all asking questions and listening to what she had to say. A very interesting Monastery and the history is amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This has to be the #1 spot to see in Arequipa. Ask for the tour guide "Ada P." She's fantastic. Oh, and the guinea pigs you'll see running gleefully around their playpen aren't for petting, but for somebody's lunch! Try some "cuy" at a local restaurant. Not too bad if you don't look it in the eye...

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Wales
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We weren't sure what to expect but our visit turned out to be a real highlight of our stay in Arequuipa. Wow! We were blown away by this place. Fortunately we were out of season so saw only a handful of other people walking around but the insight into the lives of the nuns was fantastic. We don't think you... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A short walk from the main Plaza, this five acre enclosure is laid out in various courtyards, decorated in different colors, all bedecked in flowers and artifacts from the time when the place was crowded with nuns. The class structure and the simple lives of the residents are evident amidst the color and solemnity of the place. Allow enough time... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited this very large complex in the evening. Wandering through this fantastic maze after sundown was somewhere between spooky and romantic. A new surprise around every corner including active fireplaces and dimly lit altars, open patios and many cloisters of various sizes. An abundance of excellent period artwork throughout. Very complex. Use the map or you will miss things.... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

when you walk the 500 years old roads ..this transfers you to another era.even the smell of the ancient rooms "send"you back in this age..you need at least 2 hours and 35 soles for make all the round.and if you want you can have a guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This was quite the most unusual monastery. Usually, even why converted wholly or partially to museums, they maintain the austere monochromatic color scheme of days of yore. Not this one. It had blues that were even more vivid than the skies above.

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Colville, Washington
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30 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We spent several hours in this place and could have spent the day. It is huge. And very well done. I really enjoyed the tour and looking at the way the people lived earlier. Very worthwhile.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Very well preserved and amazing place, it is a most see in Arequipa. A great place to see and appreciate the colonial architecture of Arequipa.

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