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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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Oakland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit, quiet and peaceful atmosphere in the colonial courtyards. A good view at how the nuns lived here for more than three centuries, including Sister Ana. There is a movie about her life that was filmed inside the monastery.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

The monastery is the most famous site in Arequipa. It is a huge complex with lots of cool buildings. The whole complex is painted in nice colours and there are plants/flowers all over the place which makes it very pretty. It is quite enjoyable to wander around. We did it without a guided tour and just explored ourselves which was... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

A beautiful convent that can be enjoyed by all. Take a guided tour. They have tour guides who speak an array of languages. They do work off tips, so it is in addition to the entry fee. The convent is very serene and worth seeing.

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New Orleans
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

We visited at night, it was pretty and very atmospheric, but the wood they were burning in the nun's fireplaces was very green, and smoky. It was strong enough that our eyes stung and our clothes reeked of smoke afterwards. There were two places to climb up on to the rooftop, the stairs were steep but the view was worth... More

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Jodhpur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Fascinating insight into how the eldest son or daughter was handed over to the monastery to become priests or nuns

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

It's right in town with easy access to most hotel. The price is a bit high at 35 sols plus 10 for a guide although it is so well sign posted including English you really don't need a guide and it gives you the freedom to spend more or less time to where you want. After a few rooms there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English so we had no trouble at all asking questions and listening to what she had to say. A very interesting Monastery and the history is amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This has to be the #1 spot to see in Arequipa. Ask for the tour guide "Ada P." She's fantastic. Oh, and the guinea pigs you'll see running gleefully around their playpen aren't for petting, but for somebody's lunch! Try some "cuy" at a local restaurant. Not too bad if you don't look it in the eye...

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect but our visit turned out to be a real highlight of our stay in Arequuipa. Wow! We were blown away by this place. Fortunately we were out of season so saw only a handful of other people walking around but the insight into the lives of the nuns was fantastic. We don't think you... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A short walk from the main Plaza, this five acre enclosure is laid out in various courtyards, decorated in different colors, all bedecked in flowers and artifacts from the time when the place was crowded with nuns. The class structure and the simple lives of the residents are evident amidst the color and solemnity of the place. Allow enough time... More

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