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  • Address: Santa Catalina
  • Hours: Friday-Monday: 9am-5pm Tuesday-Thursday: 8am-8pn
  • Admission: S35 (about $13)

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Monasterio de Santa Catalina (Monastery of Saint Catherine)

Inaugurated on October 2, 1580, 40 years after the city was founded, the Monastery of Saint Catherine has grown to become a city in itself. In fact, its over 215,285-foot-square design resembles the original city streets of Arequipa. Arequipa is often called the “White City” due to the fact that many of the buildings are made of volcanic white sillar, and this structure is no exception. It’s also made of ashlar, or petrified volcanic ash, coming from Volcan Chachani which overlooks Arequipa.

Visitors are able to explore the monastery on their own, wandering through narrow streets, ambient courtyards, peaceful plazas and ancient churches. Along with the historical churches and chapels, check out some of the cloisters. There is the Main Cloister, the largest in the monastery with paintings and confessionals, and the Cloister of the Oranges, which features three beautiful crosses residing amongst vibrant orange trees. You should also explore some of the streets, like Cordova Street, which has a mix of old and new architecture, Sevilla Street, originally the gateway to the first church of St. Catherine until it was converted into the kitchen and Plaza Zocodover, where the nuns would congregate on Sundays to trade religious handicrafts.

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Arequipa City Tour Including St Catherine Monastery

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Get to know Arequipa on this history-filled city sightseeing tour. With a professional guide, you’ll see the city’s top historical attractions, including the ...  Read more

Location: Arequipa, Peru
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.99

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