Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Monasterio de Santa Catalina
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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  • S P A N
    Crofton, Canada47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much color and beauty behind these walls!
    Take your time, their iOS guided audio tour was great. Take 3plus hours and go early. Lots of shade and cool from heat. So much color and beauty within these walls!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Alfonso Gumucio
    La Paz, Bolivia1,079 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must, top of the list
    Without any doubt, this is the main place to visit in Arequipa. In my list, it is among the top 10 monasteries in the world. Take your time, do not rush, you need at least 2-3 hours to stroll through this enormous and beautiful monastery that housed 13 nuns who lived in a cloister, totally isolated from the outside world and even among themselves. It is a small city surrounded by a huge wall. Each nun had their quarters, with a private kitchen, and a couple of rooms for praying, sleeping and doing their daily tasks. The place is magnificent, very well kept, painted in red and blue, with streets, gardens and a cemetery (which is not visited). Collections of paintings, magnificent murals, a church, and many other sites. The price you pay for the visit is worth it, you will never regret it.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Musicians Mum
    1,217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a few hours of exploration
    Map in English ,provided at the entry. Not necessary to have a guide. Coffee shop. Clean toilets I had anticipated exploration solo on what should have been a free day in our tour. Unfortunately (partly because I had sleep deprivation following the all night bus journey) participated in two visits prior to arriving here and then the tour leader hired a guide (extra sol to the guide). So did not get a break in the coffee shop or relaxing stroll exploring. Amazing architecture. Absolute must see.(but at your own pace) Sprawling. Cost 45 sol to enter.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2024
  • RuthyGlasgow
    824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it all
    We were on a private tour and the tickets were already organised. Shared a guide who was quite knowledgeable and afterwards we could go around on our own. I loved the tranquility of it all and the information on the new nuns/recruits on what they had to do and where they lived. The stories of the wealthy who put their first born girl to be wed then the next daughter to be a nun? These wealthy families paid for them to be there. You viewed the nun's cells and then after a year if they took their vows then they were moved into the other part with bigger cloister. Viewed the ingenious way that the water flowed into stone basins for them to do their washing with the plugs made of potato? Then the pool in which the servants on return from visiting family had to bathe in it to purify themselves before they could enter back in the monastery! Very pretty streets within and it would have been a village in its own rights with their communal kitchen. Very interesting and peaceful and it has a little cafe for coffee cake etc. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2024
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wunen
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Even when you are not a fan of museums or chapels this one is a must see. It's actually a village within a town so be prepared to stay 1-2h here - but it's very interesting and fun and every area has a different colour. You don't need a guide as a lot of explanations are provided on panels nearby in 5 (!) languages.
Written March 1, 2020
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Muchas gracias por su lindo comentario, nos alegra haya disfrutado su visita al Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Written March 3, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ran poot
New Delhi, India7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
As soon as you walk in to this place it seems like it would have been the same 200 years ago. They’ve taken great pride in preserving the history and maintaining everything as it should be, it adds more intrigue that Nuns are still living there in what seems like a secret quarter, hidden away from tourists. Winding passages, gardens, roof top views, this place is vast with so much history to divulge. 100% recommended.
Written October 16, 2021
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Alfonso Gumucio
La Paz, Bolivia1,079 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Without any doubt, this is the main place to visit in Arequipa. In my list, it is among the top 10 monasteries in the world. Take your time, do not rush, you need at least 2-3 hours to stroll through this enormous and beautiful monastery that housed 13 nuns who lived in a cloister, totally isolated from the outside world and even among themselves. It is a small city surrounded by a huge wall. Each nun had their quarters, with a private kitchen, and a couple of rooms for praying, sleeping and doing their daily tasks. The place is magnificent, very well kept, painted in red and blue, with streets, gardens and a cemetery (which is not visited). Collections of paintings, magnificent murals, a church, and many other sites. The price you pay for the visit is worth it, you will never regret it.
Written December 11, 2023
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LeahSydney01
Sydney, Australia597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was a highlight of Arequipa. We paid the 20 soles for a guide (for an hour) and I am glad that we did as she explained things that we would have never deduced ourselves. The insights into why some of the women came to live at the monastery were very interesting. The monastery is very beautiful and photogenic.
Written January 21, 2020
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Muchas gracias por su lindo comentario y recomendación, nos alegra haya disfrutado su visita al Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Written January 22, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Manuel V
Dubai, United Arab Emirates61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is more than a religious place.
First of all, get a guide! If you visit this place by yourself, you will miss all the details beyond history. This place originated many elements of the Arequipean culture (for example, the Queso Helado found in most city corners).
Be nice and purchase something from the store of the Monastery, even if it's one chocoteja! Even if you are not religious, do it as a form of support to preserve the local history and culture.
Written December 17, 2021
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RuthyGlasgow
Glasgow824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were on a private tour and the tickets were already organised. Shared a guide who was quite knowledgeable and afterwards we could go around on our own. I loved the tranquility of it all and the information on the new nuns/recruits on what they had to do and where they lived. The stories of the wealthy who put their first born girl to be wed then the next daughter to be a nun? These wealthy families paid for them to be there. You viewed the nun's cells and then after a year if they took their vows then they were moved into the other part with bigger cloister. Viewed the ingenious way that the water flowed into stone basins for them to do their washing with the plugs made of potato? Then the pool in which the servants on return from visiting family had to bathe in it to purify themselves before they could enter back in the monastery! Very pretty streets within and it would have been a village in its own rights with their communal kitchen. Very interesting and peaceful and it has a little cafe for coffee cake etc. Definitely worth a visit.
Written June 4, 2024
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User4818
Linz, Austria30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great place to visit. At the entrance you get an explanation of the staff (they speak several languages) ad they offer a tour. We went on our own and so had as much time as we wanted to explore. It's a lovely place with lots of history, you can easily spend about 2 hours there. The entrance fee of 40 soles was definitely worth it!
Written January 21, 2020
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Muchas gracias por su lindo comentario y recomendación, nos alegra haya disfrutado su visita al Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Written January 22, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jgemza
Whitesboro, NY447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
On a rainy day, our tour group visited this monastery for an hour and a half. Old sections still in good shape but occupancy went from almost 200 to less than 2 dozen. Great history for the town.
Written March 4, 2020
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Muchas gracias por su comentario, nos alegra haya disfrutado su visita al Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Written March 5, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Musicians Mum
1,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Map in English ,provided at the entry. Not necessary to have a guide.
Coffee shop. Clean toilets
I had anticipated exploration solo on what should have been a free day in our tour. Unfortunately (partly because I had sleep deprivation following the all night bus journey) participated in two visits prior to arriving here and then the tour leader hired a guide (extra sol to the guide).
So did not get a break in the coffee shop or relaxing stroll exploring.
Amazing architecture. Absolute must see.(but at your own pace)
Sprawling.
Cost 45 sol to enter.
Written April 26, 2024
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DonCesar
Nuremberg, Germany1,998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The place to see in Arequipa. Cosy and it definitely made me want to have that style at my place if I ever construct a house. We did the tour on our own since we like to go slow and took 2 hours to see it, got a little bit of an explanation here and there from the people in a tour and the plaques with explanations
Written February 15, 2020
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Muchas gracias Don Cesar por su lindo comentario, nos alegra haya disfrutado su visita al Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Written February 17, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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