Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

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Martin_Austria Martin_A…
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Monasterio de Santa Catalina Feb 17, 2011
This monastery is probatley one of the highlight in Arequipa. Its amazing to so on what high level the nons lived cenuries ago.

I went on my own, I enjoy the archicture. In most rooms you will find a description giving you the basic information. If you are interessted in more information I would recomend you to take a guide. (Which are standing right after you entered the monastery. All major languages are availabe (Spanish, English, German, French, Russian,Japanese,.. and more)

Its a very colorfull and warm place so if you have enough time dont miss it.
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Well worth a guided tour Sep 10, 2005
Our tour leader advised us that we should miss most of the point of going to this monastery, if we did not get a guide and he was right.

In what is often called the 'Silver City' of Arequipa the nuns were isolated from the world by high brick walls. There were pressures for all families to send one of their members into religious service of some kind so that women who wanted to avoid the monastic life were able to do so if a brother was committed to the priesthood or a sister was already a nun.

Without a guide we should not have grasped the difference in the life style of a nun who had completed training and a novice, the second being far more restricted.

There are narrow passages given the names of Andalucian towns and lovely squares, arcades, gardens and chapels.

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