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Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa

Posted In: Destinations | Peru
Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru's Arequipa Region.  This is where you will find Santa Catalina Convent.  It was built in 1601 and was founded by Lucia Isabel Rivera de Padilla after the original convent she had founded in 1559 was destroyed by the Waynaputina Volcano.  In 1975 the convent was transformed into a museum, although a small number of nuns continue to live at the convent. Once you pay the entrance fee and enter the convent, you can hire a guide to take you on a personal tour of the mu[...]