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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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Madrid, Spain
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth the visit. Very beautiful place. Takes a while to visit, especially if you like photography. It gives many possibilities for fantastic pictures. Advice - make sure to go there close to twilight - therefore you can take photos with the daylight and then in the evening see the place completely transferred when hundreds of candle lanterns are placed... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A friend and I spent a great afternoon wandering around the monastery for a couple of hours. The meandering walkways and squares, will wind you all over. Make sure you allow for a couple of hours to check out every room and all the art at the end. We didn't hire a guide(since it was already pretty pricey), but there... More

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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I loved the history and guided tour. The flowers in the monastery were beautiful. There are beautiful views from the top of the monastery.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The whole experience is interesting, and it'll take you about an hour and a half to see it all, but I found it to be on the expensive side. It's S/.35 for entrance, but if you want a guided tour, you have to pay an extra S/.20, for a total of around $20.

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Although a bit pricey, it is beautiful and has a nice collection. I wish we had gotten a guide to tell us what everything was. Arequipa is really only worth a day of your trip, but this attraction was worth it. It's huge and has an interesting history.

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Houston, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My advise is to stay in the city of Arequipa one day (and not more) and take a walk through the Monastery, which will take you about one hour. Nice architecture, very colonial- Spanish style, and it gives you some good insight on 18th century Catholic traditions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Although its a bit expensive; this monastery is a must see in Arequipa. It really is a city within a city; it is a beautiful labyrinth of interconnecting cobbled streets. I would strong recommend going just before sunset and climbing up the central staircase to watch the sunset over Arequipa. Then you can continue to explore the streets which are... More

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Devon, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a guide tour which was excellent value and took around an hour. We then spent around another hour and a half exploring on our own as there were so many rooms and streets to look in. It was a lot bigger than I'd imagined and has a really fascinating history. There is also the option to visit after... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We decided to go without the guided tour, which in retrospect, was probably not the best idea. Still we had fun exploring the place on our own, we found the place very interesting, full of history and very photogenic. The bright colors of the walls as well as some good views of El Misti made it worth taking a lot... More

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Vienna, Austria
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We came in when it was already dark and that was simply magic! We had a guide which explained us the life of the nuns and we would recommend taking a guide.

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