Often referred to as a city within a city, the beautiful Monasterio de Santa Catalina offers an unparalleled look back at 16th century Peruvian culture, architecture and history. The convent was only opened to outsiders in 1970, as a means to pay for electricity and running water for its Dominican Order nuns who had for centuries lived in relative isolation. Today, while its residents are confined to a portion of the complex closed off to the public, visitors are invited to explore its many historic buildings, alleys, plazas, and works of art. Among the most notable of these are the Orange Tree Cloister, the Silent Yard, the Art Gallery and the cell of Santa Catalina's most famous nun, the beatified Sister Ana de los Angeles Monteagudo. To put it bluntly, no trip to Arequipa is complete without a day (or night) tour of this amazing cultural landmark, so we highly recommend not missing it.
Location:Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa