Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa, Arequipa

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View the intricate decorations and artworks at Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa, a Carmelite monastery and living museum. The 17th-century convent remained closed to the public until 2005. Now, you can get to know the complex's colonial architecture and art, as well as the lifestyle of the nuns that live here. Take a guided tour to acquaint yourself with the daily life in the convent and hear about the history of the place. View the living quarters, the simple chapel, the courtyards, and the peaceful patio of flowers. Admire the extensive collection of colonial-era religious artworks and don't forget to purchase a delicious treat or some rose-scented soap from the convent-run shop. Put Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa at the forefront of your travel plans using our Arequipa vacation planner.
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  • This is a gem of a museum with ancient paintings, all original as they were shaped to fit around doors and arched ceilings. Very impressive. The is one room with original wall painting.  more »
  • Had a great experience at the museum, with great art, very well kept paintings and a knowledgeable guide. Could even listen the nuns pray the angelus, while the bells of the monastery ringed at noon. ...  more »
  • I still don't understand because this place still out most tourist circuits of Arequipa, but this in turn makes it more interesting for those who want to know more about history town, a monastery and Museum more than santa catalina, but worth visiting it, close to the Centre of the city and easy access for those who like walking, knowing a little more this city has very beautiful pieces of art and is a space within the city where is water-resistant weather and you can feel the magic that this kind of spaces provides travelers, at the end of its travel can buy any of the desserts prepared by the own religious, highly recommended visit in Arequipa.
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  • It's just one big claustro to visit with many rooms and great pieces exposed. You'll get to see the church from two exclusive point of views (the one of the sisters living in the Covent. It's definitely not santa Catalina, but for 20 soles (+10 for the guide for your group) you will not regret it !
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  • Beautiful Museum is well worth visiting it when you are traveling in Arequipa
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  • It is a beautiful place. Very well preserved. Architecture and painting virreynal 17th century and 18th century. It is worth visiting it. I recommend it
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  • The convent has been inside all Carmelite spirituality, filled with stories of faith and everyday life. The silence is that characterizes it.
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