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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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This monastery doesn't look like much from the outside but is huge and beautiful on the inside. You get a real insight into how the sisters here live. Definitely worth a look (especially going up to one of the roofs for a view right across Arequipa and towards the volcanoes) and it's worth paying the small fee to go in.... More

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Eindhoven, Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

In Arequipa we visited the Santa Catalina Convent.This is an old convent from the Middle Ages. Here lived nuns, these nonnendie in one strand of the outside world of a monastery lived. The nuns had sometimes three helpers.The monastery is still in very good condition, and has a art gallery. In the different areas you will get a good impression... More

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Leuven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Highly enjoyed this unique, beautiful and superbly maintained monastery. Atmosphere is a pure delight and being a world class attraction it's definitely not very crowded. A must see when in Peru.

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Lima Region, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We spent nearly 3 hours on this site!! We took a guided tour, just for the two of us. Really nice guide, she was able to speak a good french and made jokes!! The site is very nice, and we learn how the nuns lived and still live here!!!

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

you'll need at least an hour to get round this monastery; longer if you want to take in the extensive art work and information. Guides are available at extra cost; but we explored with the map. Beautifully kept peaceful place in the heart of Arequipa

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Santa Catalina monastery is simply amazing! It is surprisingly big and as stated by other a tranquility garden. It is well worth wandering slowly in the maze of streets enjoying the place. We could hire a french guide who was very good. It is a must see in Arequipa!

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Bettystown, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A beautiful and thought-provoking place - a city within a city. Wander for a while or a long time. Take time to visit the cafe, set in a secluded and peaceful garden. Enjoy the tranquility of this historic place with a coffee and cake.

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Macaé, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I could not enter inside, I just see outside the wall, and it is very big!! It seem has built a long time ago. I would like be inside, but did not nobody for give information. Maybe next time.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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