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

Take a good camera and take your time to stroll around all the romms of the nons and kitchens and patios!

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Cologne, Germany
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take a good camera and take your time to stroll around all the romms of the nons and kitchens and patios!

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I do not particularly like religous buildings, but I have to admit that this was unique and worth the time and cost.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely much more than a visit to a monastery! A very colourful, serene atmosphere, a great place to spend a couple of hours, learning about the history of the place and the lives of the nuns, but most of all what we enjoyed was the very quiet, zen ambience! Do not miss the delicious carrot cake in the little garden... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was honestly siurprised how much I liked this. So pretty and interesting. Check the opening hours as they vary - some nights they are open as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Have seen a few around the world and this one is immaculate! A nice tour guide private showed us around and explained the interesting history!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The guided tour provided very interesting insights into the monastery. Would definitely recommend paying the little extra for a guide - you'll get so much more out of it. The monastery itself was gorgeous! Definitely worth a walk around on a nice day! Tours can be conducted in english or Spanish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is amazing. So beautiful and so full of history. Our guide was very professional, friendly and could answer all our questions. If you are in Arequipa do not miss this place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Proves that the history of Catholicism in the "new world," was complex and disturbing, patriarchal, hierarchical, sexist and racist. Fascinating stories about the nuns who lived there, how they brought their girl slaves with them as part of their dowries and the rituals they performed such as the mortification of the flesh, all presented through historical artifacts.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visit gives an interesting glimpse of the life of cloistered nuns a couple of centuries ago. Moreover the structure in itself it's very fine. The guided tour, which is quite cheap, is the better way to visit the place, although the guide will exceed in underlining the economical reasons by which the novices were driven (besides and above the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't sure about this visit so was quite pleased when we joined a group of young Americans for the tour. What a surprise this was a hour well spent! The guide spoke good English, was very informative and in parts quite funny! To see the rooms where the nuns lived, how they spent their days was really interesting. The... More 

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