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Monastery of Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
(54) 229 798
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Ranked #1 of 36 attractions in Arequipa
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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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Mexico City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW 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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Hasselt, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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northern california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Rivalta Trebbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Bring your camera! Amazing colors and gorgeous grounds! Worth a visit! They provide guides at the entrance (in many languages). Excellent visit!

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

One of the most beautifull place to visit in Arequipa. Very interesting. A city inside the town All furnitures are there and you are receiving a lot of explanations about the way these nons lived there in the past'

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Despite the expensive entry (35 PEN) it is one of my favourite places! The small streets and absolutely beautiful colours are worth a visit!! The guided tour is approx 10PEN but not essential as there are explanations everywhere and a map is given upon entry. The cafeteria has the best carrot cake I've ever tasted (9PEN) and the salad was... More

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