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The only monastery in the world with a citadel: “a city within a city”

Santa Catalina monastery

The 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.



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It’s the only monastery in the world with a citadel. Its striking architecture and extraordinary colors. Over four hundred years of history are enclosed within its walls, offering a journey back in time.

On foot from the city center or from the districts of Yanahuara and Selva Alegre. By car or public transportation.

Comfortable shoes.

Everything is worth your time at Santa Catalina: the painting collection, the extraordinary custodia on display in the painting library, the embroidery work of the sisters, the mural painting, the curious objects that have been preserved for centuries, and the cell of Sor Ana de los Ángeles, a beatified nun from Arequipa who is currently in the process of canonization.

Free Wi-Fi along the entire tour route. Lockers. Wheelchairs. Souvenirs including rose soaps and creams made by the sisters. Cafeteria. Cultural outreach rooms with traveling exhibitions. If visitors wish, they can hire professional guides at the entrance to the monastery for tours in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. The part of the monastery that is open to the public is maintained exclusively with the revenue earned from ticket sales

Prices with promotion by opening

S/ 20.00 adults

S/ 15.00 seniors peruvian **

S/ 12.00 university peruvian

S/ 6.00 school peruvians **

Children under 7 years free admission

*Guided service is optional and is not included in the cost of the ticket.

**Subject to the rules established by the central government

Walk its streets, Malaga, Toledo, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Burgos, enter The Large Kitchen, the cells that are like small houses. A visit to the three Cloisters, the Novices, the Orange and the Cloister, sit in the Plaza Zocodover and relax with the sound of the water in the pool, enjoy the paintings of the Series of the Litany of Loreto, the Number of the Soul and Divine Love, the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary, the life of Saint Catherine of Siena, and enjoy one of the largest collections of paintings from the cusco school.

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Important information

Main Hospital nearby:

  • Emergency center of the Social Security
  • Clinic Arequipa


Closest police station:

  • Police Station Old Palace