Like a city within a city, the astounding Monasterio de Santa Catalina is probably one of Arequipa's best architectural sites. With architecture reminiscent of Andalusian Spain, the convent contains a hundred houses, 60 streets, a main square, church and cemetery. The art gallery houses more than 400 paintings from the CusqueÃ±a School. Until 1970, when it was opened to the public, this place was shrouded in mystery. During the 17th and 18th centuries, hundreds of nuns lived here, in addition to the daughters of wealthy families. The nuns who currently call this place home have the pleasure of living in modern quarters, complete with fully equipped kitchens. Some of the conventâ€™s highlights include the Orange Tree Cloister, with painted arches; Calle Toledo, an expansive boulevard that ends in a communal lavanderÃa, where the nuns wash their clothes; and the rooms of Sor Ana, a 17th century nun who the Vatican is eager to canonize.
Calle Santa Catalina 301
Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture, Monastery, Monastery and museum, Churches and religious buildings, Historic architecture
Travel Tips: Mass is held in the complex's church daily at 7:30 a.m.
You donâ€™t need guide, though there are guides available who speak Spanish, English, German, French, Italian or Portuguese ($7.50). Self-guiding pamphlets are available in Spanish, English, German and other languages.
Adult $13; students (to 15 years old): foreign $5.60, Peruvian $2; Peruvian university student $3.70, Peruvian third ager $5.60
Relative price: High End
Open Hours from:Daily 9 a.m.
Open Hours to:Daily 5 p.m.
Travel Skills: None
Peruvian nuevo sol
Phone: 608-282 / 608-283
E-mail: informes(at) santacatalina.org.pe