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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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16th Century Historical Treat

I was happy enough to take an unguided visit, while the option of a guide for a shall fee was also nice. It was really interesting to see the 'city within the city' since the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Old Bar, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was happy enough to take an unguided visit, while the option of a guide for a shall fee was also nice. It was really interesting to see the 'city within the city' since the monastery is comprised of wire a few internal streets and covers a substantial city block in Arequipa. The monastery appears to have grown throughout the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A true soothing balad through time in this monasterio which is a real city in the city. amazing set up for picture lovers. a must visit.

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take a good camera and take your time to stroll around all the romms of the nons and kitchens and patios!

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I do not particularly like religous buildings, but I have to admit that this was unique and worth the time and cost.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely much more than a visit to a monastery! A very colourful, serene atmosphere, a great place to spend a couple of hours, learning about the history of the place and the lives of the nuns, but most of all what we enjoyed was the very quiet, zen ambience! Do not miss the delicious carrot cake in the little garden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was honestly siurprised how much I liked this. So pretty and interesting. Check the opening hours as they vary - some nights they are open as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have seen a few around the world and this one is immaculate! A nice tour guide private showed us around and explained the interesting history!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guided tour provided very interesting insights into the monastery. Would definitely recommend paying the little extra for a guide - you'll get so much more out of it. The monastery itself was gorgeous! Definitely worth a walk around on a nice day! Tours can be conducted in english or Spanish.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing. So beautiful and so full of history. Our guide was very professional, friendly and could answer all our questions. If you are in Arequipa do not miss this place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Proves that the history of Catholicism in the "new world," was complex and disturbing, patriarchal, hierarchical, sexist and racist. Fascinating stories about the nuns who lived there, how they brought their girl slaves with them as part of their dowries and the rituals they performed such as the mortification of the flesh, all presented through historical artifacts.

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