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Monasterio de la Recoleta

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Address: Recoleta 117, Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: 054/270-966

This 17th century convent has been rebuilt several times due to earthquake...

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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Quirky and fascinating

I loved my visit. I had the whole place to myself for an hour and a half and I would say it's a bit of a hidden treasure. Many of the exhibits are a bit quirky.... Slightly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kira H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved my visit. I had the whole place to myself for an hour and a half and I would say it's a bit of a hidden treasure. Many of the exhibits are a bit quirky.... Slightly bizarre Amazonian taxidermy and the room with display cabinets full of dolls spring to mind. You have to turn the lights off and... More 

Thank Kira H
Bakewell, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this monastery is situated across the small valley in a district our guide book deemed a bit dodgy. So we hailed a taxi. Only a five minute ride from the main square. Well worth a visit if you are interest in spanish colonial history or theology. It seems the monastery served as a briefing/training ground for missionaries being sent off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This monastery was conveniently located around the corner from where we were staying. It is quiet, with only a handful of visitors while we were there. Well worth spending an hour or two here. Interesting museum rooms but my favorite part was the library, where we spent most of our time. It's definitely worth a visit!

Thank Eleni L
boston, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

...When there is no video-interactive baloney around (everything has its time and place and good museums like good classes do not need technology) and there is even a little bit of dust, you know you have found something special, and that you are lucky to be seeing it now. La Recoleta is such a museum, and if it was more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Incredible "city within a city" a convent where in the early 19th century and colonial times rich families sent one or more of their daughters. Our guide Silvia was exceptionally well informed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Just to see the library is worth the whole visit! Very quiet and relaxing place, interesting colections.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Although this monastery doesn't see anywhere near the number of visitors as the more famous Santa Catalina, I think it's actually a much more worthwhile destination. The 10 sole entrance fee is reasonable and they let you take photos and wander around freely. There's also a whole lot of diversity inside this monastery, and you can see everything from monks'... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Yes, I visited many many many churches and monasteries while in Peru for two months. This is one of my favorites (along with Santa Catalina, also in Arequipa and San Francisco in Lima). Since this is off the beaten path, I enjoyed the solitude while exploring. The library is amazing. So many antique books on so many subjects. One can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

The library was my favorite place to visit, but the rest of the monastery is really interesting as well. Each room is used as an individual museum exhibit, housing everything from pre Incan artifacts to dolls to taxidermied animals and more. The grounds are also really picturesque and photogenic. The library is a whole other story. Filled with old books,... More 

1 Thank Julie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

A very charming monastery which is very different to Santa Catalina but offers something a bit different. Numerous patios and rooms show the inner workings of the monastery, pre conquest pottery and the (stuffed) wildlife of the Peruvian Amazon. Also has an amazing library with 400-500 year old volumes, and a high bell tower with spectacular views over Arequipa.

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