Monasterio De Santa Catalina

The Santa Catalina Convent is located in Arequipa.  It was built in 1601.  It 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.

Beautiful Colours

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

Santa Catalina Convent

Santa Catalina Convent

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

Santa Catalina Convent

Santa Catalina Convent

Paintings

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

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Santa Catalina Convent

 Living Quarters

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

Santa Catalina Convent

Santa Catalina Convent

Gardens

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

Santa Catalina Convent

Santa Catalina Convent

Go Up to the Lookout

When you get to this courtyard find the steps that lead up to the top of this building.  You will get 360 degree views of Arequipa.

Santa Catalina Convent

Santa Catalina Convent

RECOMMENDATION

If you are in Arequipa, Santa Catalina Convent is well worth spending at least two hours going through.