Museo de Vida Monástica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco

Museo de Vida Monástica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco

Museo de Vida Monástica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco

Museo de Vida Monástica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • History Museums
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Reclusive lives inside a convent in the 17th century ...
Oct. 2019
The "Monastério de Santa Catalina del Cusco" was built by the Dominican Order at the very beginning of the 17th century, over the ruins of ancient Incan constructions and even some original stone walls can still be seen. Here, women from the wealthy and important Peruvian families came to live a life of chastity, obedience, hard work and endless prayers. Today, maybe a dozen nuns still live inside the walls of the Northern quarter of the old Convent, and still under the Dominican Order's severe reclusive rules. The "Museo de Vida Monástica" occupies part of the Convent. At a dimly lit interior, mannequins, dressed as nuns, try to give visitors an idea of daily life at the Convent in earlier times. Old paintings, sculptures, furniture and religious ornaments are on display. Enjoy!
Written 3 July 2020
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,066 contributions
Museo de vida
Mar. 2020 • Solo
Very nice museum in historical part of Cusco. Ticket is only 8 soles for foreigners, half price for students. For locals only 2 soles
Written 7 March 2020
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Tourist54220
Manitowoc, WI197 contributions
Beautiful
Feb. 2020
So much history and beautiful artwork here; I don't care what your religion is, this place will inspire you.
Written 12 February 2020
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Brian R
Seattle, WA136 contributions
Nice insight into Nun Life
Dec. 2019
Although the statues are a little creepy, overall the museum gives a good insight into the life of a nun in a monastery.
Written 5 January 2020
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Juan Carlos C
17 contributions
YOU WILL RUIN YOUR GOOD ENERGY
Nov. 2019 • Friends
At the gate we were in the line. We were separate out of the line. They prefer taking the tickets first from the white tourist.
After all, we were asked for ID card, what we do, if a we are catholic... This was really disgusting.
You really don’t feel like you are getting into the sacred place, instead you feel this is a big business place, with discriminator workers, where select people and treat really bad... We ruined our day.
Written 27 November 2019
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Diana PA
Seattle, WA24 contributions
Great place to explore Cusco School art
Aug. 2019
One gets a good sense of monastic life in this visit. And the art they have--all Cusco School samples is terrific. It is a short but worthwhile visit.
Written 26 August 2019
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Glenn H
Mount Gambier, Australia180 contributions
Visit to a great museum/Monestry
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This visit was one of favourite amongst the many museum etc we entered. Great displays and some of the art works are most interesting and very relevant to the period the monestry was operational. The heaven/ hell painting very clever.
We spent long time enjoying this very appropriate display. Well worth the entry fee.
Written 26 June 2019
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Mary J
Salem, OR8 contributions
interesting view of monastic life; beautiful artwork at the end of the tour; do not miss!
Apr. 2019 • Couples
This was a quiet museum of daily life for an order of nuns. The artwork was lovely. I do not know why they prohibit photos, just know that your memories cannot be preserved. A good place for a rainy hour in Cusco. Nice hands on displays that children would like.
Written 23 May 2019
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Carlos HB
6 contributions
Very interesting museum
Oct. 2018 • Family
We visited this museum with a guide. Really interesting and well mounted. Really worth the visit in oder to learn how nuns used to live.
Written 2 November 2018
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Hello Carlos: Thank you very much for visit the museum. We hope you come back again. Greetings!
Written 6 November 2018
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DinahGO
Ilkeston, UK467 contributions
Very serene
Oct. 2018 • Couples
I’m not sure what I was expecting. This is a beautiful monastery though you don’t see a great deal. There are many exhibits of the exquisite needlework of the nuns plus a great deal of artwork. Other than that you don’t learn a great deal about the nuns that lived there. Entry is very cheap, so if in doubt and you have an hour to spare, do pop in.
Written 5 October 2018
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Hello DinagGO: First, thank you very much for visit the museum, second we will take into account your observation. We are hope you come back again. Greetings
Written 6 October 2018
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