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Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Arequipa

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A visit to Monasterio de Santa Catalina allows you to get a feel for what life was like in the 16th century. Founded in 1580, the convent was open to girls from wealthy families, who were required to pay a hefty dowry for admission into its ranks. The enchanting monastery, which at its height hosted as many as 450 residents, now houses just 20 nuns. You can visit all save a few private parts of the monastery, appreciating the simple but touching architecture, washed in soft pastel colors. Consider hiring one of the English-speaking guides stationed at the monastery entrance to get the most out of your tour. Make Monasterio de Santa Catalina a centerpiece of your Arequipa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Arequipa trip itinerary builder.
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  • Stay within the history of the monastery of centuries ago, see how those nuns lived, believe me, they were slaves, one of the surprises was when I walked into a collective kitchen time with surround sound, it looked like it went back to centuries ago, was experiencing this period, just let the imagination slowly, the agency that was responsible for my visit, got a tab , Claudia, dominates the English, told her the word napkin, she said that Word didn't appear to be of Portuguese ... a visit that it happened, a big business card of Arequipa.
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  • Excellent place to visit, is a sample of the history of the city. An hour is enough to know the site.
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  • We had a nice time visiting this smoldering. About 1.5 hour tour we have been able to do in the dark (night tour until 22: 00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays). We chose the guided tour in french for 20 soles more. Do not miss during your visit to Arequipa.
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