Convento de Santa Catalina, Cusco

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Head to the 16th-century Convento de Santa Catalina to see where women from rich and powerful families came to live a life of chastity, obedience, and continual prayer and work. A dimly lit interior, quiet atmosphere, and mannequins dressed as nuns provide an insight into convent life. Today, roughly 20 nuns live in the northern quarter of the convent, while the rest is open to the public. For Convento de Santa Catalina and beyond, use our Cusco trip itinerary app to get the most from your Cusco vacation.
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  • The visit is very interesting especially for reconstructions with mannequins of nuns and the unique decoration of the sacristy
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  • Interesting to know the history of Cusco through the influence and imposition of Catholicism. It is interesting the story of the convent as it was built on top of an inca temple that was aimed at women priestesses of this culture. Doesn't sound very visited, was pretty empty when I went.
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  • This convent was built on the ruins of the ancient Acllawasi or House of the virgins of the Sun, where sent to the most beautiful and virtuous noble to worship the Sun God. The convent of Santa Catalina was founded in 1601. The convent still works and the live cloistered nuns, i.e., that they do not leave the convent never and no one from the outside can see them. If you're lucky you can hear singing them in latin! You can see the interesting confessionals, the priest can not see them. The Museum has beautiful murals, you can see the cells of the nuns and several works of art among other things. For example, there is a room where is the history of Santa Rosa de Lima in beautiful paintings. Curious fact: here and in the convent of San Francisco, the Virgin of Guadalupe is represented with clear skin and European features, being in Mexico, where you are told about his appearance, they call it the Brown Virgin precisely by his indigenous features. The story says that the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego and his portrait is reflected in its cloak (clothing). This retraro with native features is in the Basilica of Guadalupe in the town of Mexico. As a Mexican, I caught my attention this fact.
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  • Beautiful inca+colonial construction
  • Nice place
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  • Recommendation 1: visit him two hours before closing. The reason is that visitors will be reduced to a minimum so the experience will be much more rewarding. Recommendation 2: if they are afraid of the nuns will not. Recommendation 3. Look carefully at both the canvases that recount the life of Santo Domingo, his adventures, say, of the internal capiilla, as also and above all the murals that decorate - and cover - one of the enclosures of the second level. Perdornar not remember in detail the nomenclature of the spaces. All the works, worth stress, illustrate the artistic wonder of the pictorial movement from Cusco. The amount of resources, techniques, and appropriate styles. A place that is admirable, but complains he is not allowed to take photos. Recommendation 4: attention to the work entitled "The creation of the world", which brings to mind Brueghel and Bosch.
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  • Beautiful Qur'an Church.
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