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Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
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+51 54 229798
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Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a...

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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Quite different to anything I have seen in the former life of a convent. It is very worthwhile- a real insight into the cloistered life of a nun in the 16 th century and how even... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite different to anything I have seen in the former life of a convent. It is very worthwhile- a real insight into the cloistered life of a nun in the 16 th century and how even then you needed money to buy this type of existence

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The 40 sol asking price seems steep (with more if you want one of the excellent guides) but in the end totally worth it. As billed this 16th century monastery really is a city within a city - fascinating architecture and history, and wonderful peace and calm in the centre of Arequipa. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely loved this place! I loved the rambling layout and the traces of the past residents. It felt like I got a little real glimpse into what it must have been like to live in that community. Part of the complex (and it really must have been a complex,) is the church (halls, chapels, etc), and the other part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the tour of this monastery. Our guide, Giovanna, was wonderful and spoke perfect English with a beautiful accent. We learned so much about the nuns, how they lived, why they entered, and how the monastery has changed over the years. Do not miss this tour!

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Royal Oak, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 16th-17th century monastery is well worth a visit, especially to gain an appreciation for Spanish colonial architecture in general. But this building also helps to understand the process of Spanish colonialism and how the church played its part in this process, often for good but also for bad.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a good self guided visit - we were surprised by the way the nuns lived. It was special with much history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were at first very hesitant if we should pay the S40 per person to enter, it it was absolutely worth every cent!!!!! Really interesting and beautiful!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful "Monastery" behind tall walls, actually housed nuns in the late 1590s onward. Apparently, well to do families would send a daughter (and 1000 gold coins) to be a "nun" so they could pray for them. Very lavish surroundings for the time- nuns had own servants and a house- after one of the Pope Pius reformation- the lavish business stopped,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the monastery as it was included with our tour package and we were so glad we did. We had a private guide, who was very informative and interesting. We spent an hour with our guide and then had free time for a lovely lunch in the café! We have some great pictures of a time well spent there.Please... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The convent is a pretty nice place, although very large with each kitchen pretty much like the previous one. We had a tour guide and she took us through each of the rooms in the place which after a while started to feel like deja vu. The guide was clearly not happy with her life which kind of bled into... More 

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