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Convento de Santa Catalina

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Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 608282
http://www.santacatalina.org.pe/
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What's most striking about the Convento de Santa Catalina -- or the Convent of St. Catherine -- are the strikingly vibrant colors that cover almost every wall of this nearly 500 year old facility. You ... Read more
wouldn't expect a place devoted to the cloister of Dominican nuns to have such exciting, spectacular design, but each room features interesting and unique design features in the Peruvian Mudejar style. You probably won't see any of the 20 nuns who still live in the facility. They mostly stay to themselves in the convent's northern corner, but visitors are welcome to wander the remaining areas of the 20,000 square foot facility.

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São Paulo, Brazil

The Convento de Santa Catalina must be the major attraction of Arequipa and you can spend a whole afternoon there. You can only enter the convent with a guide, they are all super nicely dressed girls wearing beautiful hats. The convent was built in 1579 and only women from really wealthy families could stay here. Usually, only the second daughter of a family went to the convent and families paid serious amounts of money for them to receive food and religious education. The women could not have contact with each other and each lived in a little house, fully equipped with kitchen and bathroom. Sometimes, parents sent little girls at age 6 to live with the women in the convent, so they could get education, since the women in the convent were considered to be the most educated in town.
After a renovation, women started to keep contact with each other and it was when they built a common kitchen and chapel.
Today, there are still women living there but they have contact with the exterior world and they make pastries and bread that are sold inside the convent and the is no admittance fee for them.

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San Luis Obispo

A beautiful walled city within a city, the Monasterio de Santa Catalina will take a full morning or afternoon to explore. Once cloaked in mystery, this historical site is now open to the public for self-guided and guided tours. Honesty, I loved exploring on my own much more. A small cafe is open for lunch, if you'd like to linger.

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New York City, New York State, USA

This place is a UNESCO World Heritage site for a reason. The convent itself is beautiful and serene, and takes several hours to explore. I highly recommend the guided tour (led by a current nun), which provided fascinating insight into the way the nuns used to live and why they chose to lock themselves inside the cloister.

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San Jose, California, USA

El Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a labyrinth of brightly colored walls and serene gardens, all contained within a deceivingly grim exterior. It has a lot of hidden rooms and walkways to get lost in or wander aimlessly for hours. Around every corner is a perfect photo op, so don’t forget your camera!

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Landgraaf, Netherlands

Beautifull colors!

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Arequipa

Bellísimo lugar, sobretodo como arquitecta cada vez que lo visito me encuentro con nuevos aprendizajes.

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Lima, Peru

No puedes perderte esta visita, ve con bastante tiempo pues se tarda en recorrerlo. El convento es muy bonito, es como una pequeña ciudad en la que iras recorriendo sus calles y plazas y distintos ambientes. Me enamoré completamente del convento porque sus calles me recordaron tantísimo a mi tierra Andalucía, que fue una visita preciosa y nostálgica. Si puedes ir con guía enriquecerás muchísimo más tu experiencia.

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