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Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa

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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 museum which takes about an hour.  The price can vary depending on how many are in your group (we had 5 people) and is reasonably priced.  It’s a great way to see and learn about the convent and the historical items is houses.  Once the tour is over, you can continue to explore the museum on your own until closing time.

After the tour we spent just over another hour exploring the museum, it’s art, gardens and many rooms.  You definitely need a few hours to do the tour and explore on your own.

Beautiful Colours

One of the first things you will notice once inside are the amazing colours of the buildings.

Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa
Coloured buildings

Also there are gardens throughout the convent, like the ones below.

Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa
Gardens

Paintings

As you walk around the covered walkways which border courtyards, look up to see the beautiful paintings on the walls.

Art work on the ceiling
Art work on the ceiling

Living Quarters

You are able to view some of the old living and cooking quarters.

Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa
Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa

Gardens

There is a beautifully manicured garden that you need to spend time in.

Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa
Gardens

Go Up to the Lookout for Views of Arequipa

When you get to this courtyard find the steps that lead up to the top of this building.  Because you are reasonably high, you will get uninterrupted 360 degree views of Arequipa.

Coloured buildings
View from the convent
The view from the roof top

If you are planning a trip to Peru, consider a visit to the Ballestas Islands.

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Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa

Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa

The Santa Catalina Convent, in Arequipa, Peru dates back to the early 1600\'s. While it is now a museum, a small number of nuns continue to live there. Take a couple of hours to explore this beautiful convent.

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