Monasterio de la Recoleta, Arequipa

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Explore the huge collection of historical books and maps, including rarities dating back to the 15th century, at Monasterio de la Recoleta. This storied 17th-century Franciscan monastery was recently repurposed into a public library, where the collection includes over 20,000 old books and documents. While there, visit the onsite museum of Amazonian and pre-Conquest artifacts collected by missionaries. Guides speaking Italian, French, Spanish, and English offer extensive knowledge on topics. By using our Arequipa trip itinerary planning app , you can arrange your visit to Monasterio de la Recoleta and other attractions in Arequipa.
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  • The place is nice and it shows all sorts of things, not only religious art. The library is nice and the view from the tower is incredible.  more »
  • It was a great to experience such a quiet oasis in a huge and loud city as Arequipa is... not as touristic as Santa Catalina what makes it a quite relaxing experience. It's definitely worth visiting i...  more »
  • This monastery preserves not only one of the libraries of the most important colonial times of the country. It has a lot more. And we discovered with surprise that the Lonely Planet not attributed the value that deserves, which is wrong in the description of your site. It is really a pleasant walk of 10 to 15 minutes from the Plaza de Armas on residential streets. I recommend visiting it strongly, but above all, of the hand of your guide, young passionate about collecting and capturing the stories of the past. It is a museum that breathes and lives. If you visit Arequipa, include it in your itinerary. Absolutely recommended.
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  • A hidden gem in Arequipa. Only 10 soles. Wide variety of displays and a great view of Misty if the weather is clear. Road was under construction when I went (Feb 7, 2018) but don't let that stop you from going.
  • Amazing place where you can find unexpected many different objects in such a small off-center monastery. The first thing is the library, where you will see books from different countries around the world, from different periods about different matters (science, musique, art...). And also a museum with things like a mummy! Or a large collection of strange animals and insects. If you are in Arequipa, just go there!
  • Calm and quiet place across the river, very few tourists, a great place to relax during an afternoon.
  • Not only the cloisters are pretty, but that his Museum is really surprising. Very austere in its facilities, but with a very good collection of pre-Columbian objects. The Amazon room very good and beautiful library.
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  • It has a very interesting Museum, is worth visiting it
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