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Convento de Santa Catalina, Cusco

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#19 of 28 in Historic Sites in Cusco
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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. Plan to visit Convento de Santa Catalina during your Cusco vacation using our convenient Cusco trip generator.
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  • We visited many of the churches in town which helped make this place much more interesting since it was completely different. Rather than huge gold altars, you get a more true-to-life view of how nuns...  more »
  • It's a pretty cool experience, just that the location is kind of bucolic, has a kind of heavy, but if astral learns a lot from the way of life.
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  • The convent is beautiful worth much to visit and hear the story of Santa Catalina and your miracle. I love everything that relates to the place I'm visiting is a respect for the culture of a people and gather information about stories of civilizations and of places. As already mentioned, is pretty high around Cusco and knowing your past
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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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One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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