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
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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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LZ
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We weren't sure what to expect but given the very fair ticket prices we decided to stop by on our last day in Cusco. It ended up being a short but extremely interesting visit. Worth a stop!
Written 10 February 2024
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lisajlb
Westhoughton, UK1,476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I wandered in here with some free time. What a wonderful, peaceful and interesting place to visit. 13.nuns still live there and their area is not open to the public.of course. This museum though shows you how it was an ld what they did. Very well put together.
Written 26 October 2023
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MDTraveler2010
Crofton, MD159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Interesting small museum in Cusco near Plaza de Armas. Has trunks that missionaries used to teach the bible and lots of artwork. Worth an hour or so.
Written 2 October 2022
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sag rag
United States44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Great display, the local tour giide did a geeat job explaining all about the canvas, gavw a better understanding of religion and the role they played during the conquest
Written 13 September 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,576 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Montenegro3,668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WI188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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