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Address: Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
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+51 54 229798

Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a...

Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a large complex of rooms, picturesque plazas, ornate fountains and a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets.

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A haven of calm in a busy city

I'm not a religious person so visiting a monastery wouldn't usually be top of my list of 'things to do'. However I enjoyed the visit to this monastery and found the insight to the... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2013
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

I'm not a religious person so visiting a monastery wouldn't usually be top of my list of 'things to do'. However I enjoyed the visit to this monastery and found the insight to the nuns' lives fascinating. The vivid blues and oranges of the buildings are just stunning and it's a huge complex to walk around. Allow a good couple... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Arequipa is a great place to spend a couple of days and you should definitely devote half a day to seeing this monastery. It's like a concentrated dose of peace and tranquility in the middle of your hectic SA travels. Bring a camera and plan to stay for a few hours. Just beautiful and well worth the entrance fee.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Beautiful place. I highly recommend that you pay for the tour guide so you understand what you are looking at. It was a highlight of our trip to Arequipa. Very impressive.

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Mandello del Lario, Italy
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Not every day you can be in a causure monastery (still functioning) and have the chance to visit and understand how the nuns used to live

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2013

We had an excellent guide which was well worth it as she explained how the nuns had lived. This is an enormous site with lots of individual buildings to see.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

A beautiful place and a great guided tour. Lots to see and the colours of the buildings are just beautiful.

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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

We spent a long time at this place. The walking tour (we didn't get a guide) was very easy to follow with the help of a map. To see where the nuns spent their days is very interesting. The other thing about this monastery is the physical beauty of it. My friend loves to take photos...and I couldn't get her... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2013

I've never been excited by visiting a convent, even a historical one, but this place was so different, so interesting, and so physically attractive that I'm glad I went. I paid 20 soles for a guided one-hour tour, and it was well worth it for the underlying story is what makes this place special.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Large authentic monastery, very well kept, atmospheric, pricey admission at 35 soles per head. Rather extensive so my daughter got a bit bored ... Also one misses somehow real nuns living there. Perhaps more suited or pensioners than for teens. Wonderful azur fountain was my highlight.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

beautiful colours, pink and blue walls and narrow cobbled lanes. meander through this lovely place at your own pace or just sit and enjoy the feeling of calm that still emanates from every corner

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