The Santa Catalina Monastery

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Tour in pictures

A couple of days ago during my stay in Arequipa I visited the Santa Catalina Monastery. It covers an area of 20 thousand square meters in the historical part of the city and is called often – „a city within the city“. Amazing is the fact that the monastery was built in 1579 – less than 40 years after the Spanish conquistadors brought the Christianity from Europe.
The convent is considered as the most important and impressive colonial structure in the city. It was built from Sillar – white volcanic stone.
It is told that women from diverse social backgrounds have entered the convent to serve as nuns but there are many signs that the most nuns were very wealthy and brought with them finest silk curtains and rugs and used to have servants.
Nowadays in the monastery are living only 20 nuns in the North part. The other parts are open for tourists. There I took this colorful wonderful pictures!

Mrs Bräumelova

Santa Catalina Monastery

Santa Catalina Monastery

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3 Comments
  • NähKäthe
    Juni 17, 2013

    Wow, wirklich tolle Bilder. Das sieht wirklich sehr schön aus dort!

    Lieben Gruß
    NähKäthe

  • ChirimoyaToursPeru
    Juli 8, 2013

    Da ja einige schöne Fotos zusammengekommen, nur die Wäscherei mit den halbierten grossen Amphoren (Waschschüsseln) die waren nicht bei den Bildern dabei. viele Grüsse aus Peru.

    • Mrs. Bräumelova
      Juli 8, 2013

      Ja in der Tat die waren schön aber ich habe kein gelungenes Foto davon.
      Lieben Gruß!

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