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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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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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New York City, New York
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Big territory of the monastery is a wonderful place worth spending 2-3 hours. Beautiful color combinations of the exterior, interesting information about the the monastery's history and nuns' routines, calm atmosphere, cozy café... One of the must-see things in Arequipa!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed visiting this monastery!! The tour guide was very well informed and taught us a lot about it's history.

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Newport Beach, California, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This Monastery requires a lot of time, and it is worth it. I recommend hiring a guide for a one hour overlay and then spend several hours to discover some of the countless secrets throughout this huge spread.

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Glenview, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great way to understand the history of Arequipa from the Conquest until the present -- It is still an active convent. Hire one of the knowledgeable guides. Affordable and informative!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was like a city within the city and so colorful. Taking good photos was quite easy. It was so peaceful and it was nice that they allowed you to just be there after your tour so you could wander and site quietly if you wanted

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The lives and times of the women who lived here are remarkable. Take the tour at night for an eerie experience.

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