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Monasterio de la Recoleta

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Address: Recoleta 117, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: 054/270-966
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This 17th century convent has been rebuilt several times due to...

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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Wonderfully strange and unique

This museum is awesome. It is not manicured and pretty. It is a bit of a random mess, but still really interesting. There are rooms of stuff animals, mummies, ceramics, and an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Albany, NY
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Albany, NY
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is awesome. It is not manicured and pretty. It is a bit of a random mess, but still really interesting. There are rooms of stuff animals, mummies, ceramics, and an incredibly atmospheric library with super old books. There was basically no one there when we visited so we had the whole place to ourselves. Loved it.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone interested in pre-colombian and pre-Inca cultures or the Amazon or old manuscripts I highly recommend you consider a visit to the Convent and Museum of Recoleta. The convent is beautiful and peaceful and the "museum rooms" are small, painless and wonderful tastes of pre-Inca cultures including a big display of Chancay artefacts. The library is just magnificent and includes... More 

Thank Calistogababe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Must to do while you are in Arequipa, do not go on sunday because will be very busy and go in the morning is better! enjoy ! you will love it

Thank Jenny W
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319 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 378 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Among the many landmarks of Arequipa which try to convince trourists they deserve a visit, this one is probably the only one that really deserves it since I have to admit that it really is beautiful. What impressed me was the facade with its lively colours that hit the beholder before you are even close to it. If you don't... More 

2 Thank realworldtraveller
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

this place is nice, there is nices restaurants all around this area and few places to do some shopping.

Thank maxrmit
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The staff couldnot really explain the site in english. Highlight of the visit is for sure the old library with very old books in an impressive condition. The others rooms, however, missed a "continous red line". The "mirador" is nothing but a joke.

Thank Roman K
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114 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

You have to cross the river then up a busy road. It was lovely to find this oasis of calm. I liked the rooms of the Mother Superior and the Amazon and pre Inca times. The library is stunning with four hundred year old books on display; and a chart showing the creation of the world as 4000 BC. It... More 

1 Thank AndrewtLondon
Syracuse, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We enjoyed Recoleta as much if not more than Monasterio de Santa Catalina! The history of this site alone is worth the visit but the museum rooms were impressive in the artifacts displayed. The library is stunning as well.

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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40 reviews
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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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