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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4.5
7,606 reviews
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276
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50
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23

wunen
8 contributions
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
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Ran poot
New Delhi, India11 contributions
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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LeahSydney01
Sydney581 contributions
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
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Manuel V
Dubai, United Arab Emirates58 contributions
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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User4818
Linz, Austria20 contributions
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
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jgemza
Whitesboro, NY455 contributions
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
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DonCesar
Nuremberg, Germany2,030 contributions
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
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trfcnte
Redondo Beach, CA290 contributions
Oct 2022
I recommend you get a guide and don't just wander around. The place is a citadel from the colonial era frozen in time. Great architecture, great artifacts, great old wood-burning kitchens with the original pots still covered in soot. A contemplative space. The laundry area will blow your mind with its clever medieval technology. The gift shop sells all the goods made by the 10 or so recluse nuns that still live there. They're probably being trafficked by the Catholic church, but that's not a hill I'm about to die on. If you want to have lunch at Chicha next door, go by and make a reservation before you go to Santa Catalina. The monastery takes 1 - 1.5 hours to enjoy.
Written October 19, 2022
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S P A N
Crofton, Canada24 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
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!
Written November 17, 2023
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,729 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is an amazing place in the heart of the city. Very peaceful and yet so large. To see the conditions the Nuns lived in and very basic. Lovely tour guide who explained everything so well. Great visit
Written February 29, 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
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Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Arequipa

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