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Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco

Calle Santa Catalina Angosta 401 | Plazoleta de Santa Catalina, Cusco 08002, Peru
+51 984 999 803
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S8 to get in. Quite small, dark & solemn, with creaky wooden floors. No photos allowed, but good... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Andy F
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Devizes, United Kingdom
Very interesting to see the way of life of the nuns

This was very interesting, had explanations in both english and spanish, and was unique. It showed... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2018
LisaJH2018
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The museum focuses on the daily lives of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine: their spiritual practices, their teachings and duties, the training of novices, and their everyday tasks. Among the objects which form part of the collection are extraordinary works in the fields of painting, sculpture and the decorative arts from the viceroyalty and republican periods, as well as exquisite examples of liturgical vestments embroidered by the nuns, and works of religious folk art. The museum houses a particularly famous series of early 19th century mural paintings which adorns the Chapter House. The convent was built during the early 17th century on the site of the old Inca Akllawasi, or “house of the chosen women”. Vestiges of the pre-Hispanic structure can be seen to this day among the outer walls of the convent.
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Calle Santa Catalina Angosta 401 | Plazoleta de Santa Catalina, Cusco 08002, Peru
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

S8 to get in. Quite small, dark & solemn, with creaky wooden floors. No photos allowed, but good leaflet & signs in English. Gives a good idea of cloistered life once led by the sisters of the convent. A lot of superb religious artwork. Two...More

Thank Andy F
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Monasterio S, Administrador at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Andy! Thank you so mucho for tour visit and your opinion. We tope he returns again. Respects!.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

This was very interesting, had explanations in both english and spanish, and was unique. It showed how the nuns lived, when they came to this cloistered community, the work they did, etc. It was one of my favorite museums in Cusco.

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Monasterio S, Administrador at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Lisa! Thank you so mucho for visit the museum. We hope you come back again. Respecta.

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Reviewed 14 June 2018

This is right on the main square in Cusco. I enjoyed it but as with the Cathedral, no photos were allowed. I don't understand why. I love seeing churches and taking photos to remember them. You have to pay to go in. worth a look...More

Thank finesilver
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Monasterio S, Administrador at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello: Thank you for tour visir. Actually you can take photos. We hope you come back againa. Respects.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I spent a couple of hours completing the self-guided tour yesterday. This museum is an absolute gem in historic Cusco. One learns about the history of the building (originally the compound for Aqllas, Incan women of noble families who produced fine textiles...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

You need a guide, and one was provided. Her description of the various buildings we visited helped to bring the history of this convent to life. The interior garden is beautifully kept, as are all of the cells of the nuns. A must-see in Cusco.

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

This was a very inexpensive place to enter. It was about $2.50 US. This is like a fancy art museum inside a convent with lots of History. They do not allow photos inside but I am sharing some snapshots of some of the promotional material....More

Thank Isabel F
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Monasterio S, Administrador at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Bello Isabel: Thank you for your visit. Today you can take photos. We tope you come back again. Respects.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

All the churches of Cusco are beautiful every time I visited a church in Cusco we really marveled at each other ... they are so nice and full of peace ... The only bad thing that happened was that I could not do any mass...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Cusco is full of churches and convents and in my opinion one is much the same as another. It is a nice convent, quite ornate. You are not allowed to takes pictures inside as with most of these places but you can take photos of...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

The Dominican nuns take care of this convent and provide a little museum of Saint Catherine's life. There are often sisters on the grounds and they are friendly and approachable. Good photo op.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

With so much to see and do around Cusco it is easy to miss this. Don't! This place gives you a deep sense of what convent life would have been like. It is impeccably curated and well worth the price of admission. The Spanish Catholics...More

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