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Monasterio de la Recoleta

Recoleta 117, Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #19 of 36 Attractions in Arequipa
Type: Religious Sites, Museums, Cultural
Owner description: This 17th century convent has been rebuilt several times due to...
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Type: Religious Sites, Museums, Cultural
Owner description: This 17th century convent has been rebuilt several times due to earthquake damage. Now a museum, its rooms contain mummies, masks and souvenirs collected on missionary travels.
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Reno, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Formal museums feature bigger collections, but this small monastery allows the chance for a leisurely, up close look at its various collection rooms. One with stuffed birds shows a few species you might see flying around. Diverse ceramic samples, along with mummies, textiles and other artifacts, show distinctions between different cultures from the past. Amazonian creatures including piranha fill one... More 

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Fairfield, OH
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We so enjoyed our first visit two years ago, that we again put it on our itinerary. This time, we were totally on our own and it was fun to re find the Amazon room, the various nooks and most of all the library--which we were escorted into. The library is amazing. The number and age of the books draws... More 

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Arequipa, Peru
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This small museum--somewhat obscure and set well away from the downtown core--is a JEWEL if you love books or libraries. I knew there was a library on the tour (lowercase "l") but when we finally arrived there, at the end of the tour, I was a-m-a-z-e-d. It's beautiful. (O to have some java and be able to just sit and... More 

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Munich, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We were fascinated by the size of this monastry hidden away from the center. The guide was very well informed and spoke a clear English. The variety of this museum was the astonishing part. The various exhibits on the life of the Franciscans were followed by exhibitions on the animals of the jungle, the inhabitants of the jungle and the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Loved the Monasterio de la Recoleta! A short walk from the Plaza. The library is truly amazing, too bad we could only stay for 15 minutes. The architecture is beautiful.

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Prescott, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

As per my other reviews of monasteries in Arequipa, a visit to Recoleta is a wonderfuly experience. Make sure you time your visit so that you can also see the library on the grounds because it is only open for a brief period every hour, and that is something you will not want to miss. We thoroughly enjoy our visit... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We walked to the other side of the river and waited for this convent to reopen at 3pm. There were probably 10 other people there at the same time as us, so we would often walk into a room that was dark. You were supposed to turn on the lights on your way in and turn them back off when... More 

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Ridgewood, NJ
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304 reviews 304 reviews
66 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This monasterio is on the other side of the river and it is closed from noon to 3 pm so you need to plan your visit. It is a delightful place and has the history and artifacts of the other more reknown monasterios. We went after lunch to see the recoleta and were 1/2 early as it only opened for... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

we loved the whole place. it was a treat to find the cafe half way into the tour. Beautiful place, interesting history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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112 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

it's only a short walk from the centre of town, but worth it. they have the most eclectic collection of stuff - religious pieces, stuffed animals from the amazon, tribal costumes and instruments, toys...but the most impressive part is the library, with 20,000 books, some hundreds of years old

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