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Monasterio de Santa Catalina Admission Ticket

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    Visit: Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa Peru

    The Viceroy Francisco Toledo, during his visit to Arequipa, was informed by the Cabildo, about his desire years ago, to found a monastery of nuns. This motivated him to grant the necessary licenses for the foundation of the "Monastery of Private Nuns of the Order of Santa Catalina de Siena".
    Years later, Doña María de Guzmán, widow of Diego Hernández de Mendoza, beautiful, rich and young woman who had no children, decided to seclude herself in the monastery under construction, giving her all her possessions. On September 10, 1579, the Report and Capitulation of the Monastery's foundation signed between the City Council, Justice and Regiment and the Bishopric of Cusco was made, and the Town Council handed over the four lots owned by the city for its operation; naming Doña María de Guzmán "first town-dweller and prioress of said Monastery".
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    I realize this monastery is rated #1 thing to do in Arequipa, so I'm definitely the minority opinion here. There was nothing wrong with this place and everyone was nice. It was just boring. It's building after building of the exact same thing and none...More

    Thank Kieran P
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    I spent over two hours walking around this place and love every second of it. Well worth the visit if in town and give yourself some time to take it all in. Plenty of places for great photo opportunities and learn the history of the...More

    Thank Jameshil
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Did not know what to expect, so told guide to restrict time there to 1 hour, instead of 1.5 hours. Regretted almost at the start of the tour, as there was so much to learn about the history and culture of aristocratic Peru and its...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank 927geoffreyl
    Reviewed 5 weeks ago

    One must visit the Santa Catalina Monastery while in Arequipa. Only a ten minute walk from Plaza de Armas, these fascinating grounds take you back to deep cultural history. Everything about the site is well preserved and the sense of beauty, tranquility and reverence is...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Pauline L
    Reviewed 7 July 2019

    This is a very interesting place to visit. The grounds are beautiful, and the history is fascinating. You can spend a whole morning here and cap off your visit with a meal or a coffee on the grounds.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank emily37204
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