Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

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Santa Catalina Monastery remains one of the most original architectural pieces of the Peruvian viceroyal period. Founded in 1579, it belongs to the Dominica order and currently houses cloistered nuns in a reserved area. Considered a large-scale monument, it has three cloisters, multiple streets and passages, around eighty houses that were occupied by nuns, one main square, and an art gallery that displays a valuable collection of paintings, most of them from the colonial Cusco school of art. Completely built of a white volcanic material called "sillar," it is one of the most important tourist attractions in the city of Arequipa and attracts visitors from all over the world. A visit to Santa Catalina Monastery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arequipa holiday maker website to plot your vacation.
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  • The monastery of Santa Catalina seemed to me the most beautiful place to meet in Arequipa. It is a huge space, composed of several blocks, that keeps in its houses all the history of those who inhabited them, as well as the city. I recommend doing the guided tour to better understand what you see.
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  • What immensity! It is very well maintained, easy and quick to enter the enclosure. If you want, you can take a guide. Otherwise, you can take the tour and you will find information in each venue. Very good recreation of the way the day-to-day life of the sisters and novices passed. There are several places to rest, intermediate gardens and cafés to delight with delicious desserts and drinks. You'll also find toilets along the way
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  • It is absolutely essential to visit the monastery. The most beautiful thing about Arequipa by far. I don't think it's necessary to hire a guide.
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