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Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

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A visit to Santa Catalina Monastery 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 Santa Catalina Monastery a centerpiece of your Arequipa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Arequipa trip itinerary builder.
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  • I like to really be a very enigmatic place in this monastery Arequipa has enough stunning places
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  • I was very impressed with the tour round the monastery, which offers a fascinating insight into what life would have been like in this closed community. Although all areas are not open to viewing ther...  more »
  • One of the best places to eat. The site was once a convent that was Fit to be a restaurant. Keep it simple and rustic. The place is frequented by the porteños, IE almost no tourists. The food is great, excellent price. Real find, don't forget to visit this place!
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