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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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Cornelius
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Very interesting place. Important to note that it was/ is a convent, not a monestary, but whatever. Interesting and beautiful place, definitely worth a visit. It is huge, so allow a couple hours to fully explore.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I really liked this monastery, it is like a small village! I really recommend taking the tour, you should wait until they have a few people gathered so you pay less and see the same! Highly recommend it, also the carrot cake in the cafe is great! The nuns make them.

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

While Arequipa is a beautiful city, especially if you like churches and other (Spanish) colonial features. This monastery is really more of the same religious backdrop to the core of the Spanish catholicism. The architecture here would not be winning any prizes. The mood and setting of the place becomes depressing when one learns of the history of this place.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I heard that this is a "must do" in Arequipa so I went. I'd like to point out in advance that I'm not a pious individual. I met a couple in Cusco the day before my visit (which was 18/09/2014) who recommended I go on Tuesdays or Thursdays after dark for a different experience. I went on Thursday at 6pm... More

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The Monastery in Arequipa is lovely and a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the town. Go there to steep yourself in history and enjoy this city within a city

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This was an amazing visit. I did it by myself and really enjoyed just poking around in the morning sun. Wonderfully preserved and just a photographer's dream

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I spent around 3 hours wandering in the monastery . This is really a city own its own. The colors are really bold and also enjoyed the view of El-Misti from the roof.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I spent about 2 hours wandering through this old convent. It really is like a city within a city. I especially loved the use of bold primary colours, I have never seen this in any kind of religious building before. Stunning!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Best thing we saw in Arequipa! The colors are truly stunning. You can either take a tour or simply follow the map and wander around like we did for 1.5-2 hours like we did. Truly spectacular, a must see if you're in Arequipa

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Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great convent grounds, and you can really imagine the lifestyle of the times for the inhabitants, divided between pre-reform and post reform. Pre-reform it just seems like a club med that you could never leave, but could have 1-4 servants, and a huge house if you were from a rich enough family. Post reform seemed more like a nunnery with... More

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