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“Amazing library!”

Monasterio de la Recoleta
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Private Tour: Colonial Arequipa Including Recoleta Convent and Casa del Moral
Ranked #23 of 102 things to do in Arequipa
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Owner description: 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.
Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing library!”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Loved the Monasterio de la Recoleta! A short walk from the Plaza. The library is truly amazing, too bad we could only stay for 15 minutes. The architecture is beautiful.

Visited November 2013
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Prescott, Arizona
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88 reviews
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“Beautiful Facility and Fabulous Antiques”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

As per my other reviews of monasteries in Arequipa, a visit to Recoleta is a wonderfuly experience. Make sure you time your visit so that you can also see the library on the grounds because it is only open for a brief period every hour, and that is something you will not want to miss.

We thoroughly enjoy our visit to La Recoleta.

Visited October 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Out of the way, unique experience”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We walked to the other side of the river and waited for this convent to reopen at 3pm. There were probably 10 other people there at the same time as us, so we would often walk into a room that was dark. You were supposed to turn on the lights on your way in and turn them back off when you left. They had interesting animal samples from the first mission up the Amazon. Also, the Library was well worth waiting for (it only opens on the :45 of every hour).

Very cool place, worth dropping by if you have time.

Visited July 2013
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Ridgewood, NJ
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609 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Not in the center of town but a place worth seeing.”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

This monasterio is on the other side of the river and it is closed from noon to 3 pm so you need to plan your visit. It is a delightful place and has the history and artifacts of the other more reknown monasterios. We went after lunch to see the recoleta and were 1/2 early as it only opened for the afternoon at 3 PM.

The rooms were well displayed and it was easy to slowly wander throughout. No guide is available but the presentation is clear and worth looking at. There are courtyards and cells to view and the library which is open 15 minutes per hour is a treasure to see. Due to the altitude, temperature and humidity, the books are well preserved. The person at the from desk sought us out to be sure that we did not miss the window of opportunity to see the library.

We also asked to see the church itself, Our lady of Montserat. It was a beautiful church with many side altars to see.

Visited June 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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11 reviews
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

we loved the whole place. it was a treat to find the cafe half way into the tour. Beautiful place, interesting history.

Visited May 2013
Thank Diane K
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