Undoubtedly the largest and most important religious monument in Arequipa, this structure covers about 20,000 square meters. ... More
Convento de Santa Catalina
Undoubtedly the largest and most important religious monument in Arequipa, this structure covers about 20,000 square meters. It was established in 1579 under Saint Catherine of Sienna's advocacy, however, the construction took decades. Once completed, it was nearly its own small town inside Arequipa, and was used to house 450 nuns secluded for life. Its area includes three cloisters and six streets named after Spanish cities, which show different architectural styles as well. The convent was opened as a museum in 1970, and includes as one of its attractions, the cell of Sister Ana of the Angels who allegedly had prophetic visions.
Walking through Santa Catalina Convent gives you the feeling of "I never ever want to leave here!" It's such a beautiful and serene place that although it's been nearly 3 years since I traveled there, I still think of it regularly.
Leave yourself plenty of time to explore every little cove and staircase.
Definitely worth the money! And do NOT forget your camera!
This sanctuary for nuns will blow you away - bring your camera!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/3/08
This monastery is conveniently located in the centre of Arequipa City a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
Reasonably priced at 30 soles per person, about ten American dollars, you can wander into the past of this cloister for nuns dating back to the 17th Century and you get a free souvenir at the end of the visit.
The restored colours of the sillar walls are picture perfect and you will cry if you forget your camera because this place is unbelievably rich in architecture, textures, gardens, and early paintings which all show the daily life of a cloistered nun in Peru.
The professional maintenance of the Convent: paintings, walls, gardens, rooms and the quality of the bilingual guides and management, offer the visitor a very good idea of Life in the Convent. Great place for group meetings, cocktails and meals. Unique facility for weddings. Evening tours are available for small and large groups.
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