The only monastery in the world with a citadel: “a city within a city”
Santa Catalina monasteryThe Santa Catalina Monastery is one of the most striking and original architectural works from the days of the Viceroyalty to be found anywhere in Peru or the Americas. Founded in 1579, it belongs to the Dominican Order and is still home to cloistered nuns who live in their own separate area. Located just steps from the Plaza de Armas, it is an immense landmark made entirely of sillar stone and covering an area of 20,000 square meters. It features three beautiful cloisters, colorful streets and passageways, and nearly eighty houses that were once used by the nuns. It has its own public square and a painting gallery where visitors can view its priceless art collection, consisting primarily of works from the Cusco School, along with sculptures and liturgical objectives of immense beauty and cultural value. The Santa Catalina Monastery is the city’s most notable tourist attraction and cultural site.
SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY
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