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Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa

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Outstanding Look into Life in a Convent

Still currently used by 19 nuns (sometimes up to 21 nuns at one time) as a convent. Stunning... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
nice place!!

this museo has an interesting collection of baroque itens. It is not big and have many beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2018
Julieta d
Brasilia, DF
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The Santa Teresa y San Jose’s Carmelitas Descalzas’s Monastery, from Arequipa, was founded in 1710, and since then remains in life, hosting a Community of Contemplative Nuns. In its more than 300 years of existence, the Monastery has been treasuring...more
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Calle Melgar 303 | Melgar street corner with Peral Street, Arequipa 04000, Peru
+51 54 281188
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is a very peaceful monastery with some unforgettable artistic treasures. You can spend 2-3 hours there just enjoying the atmosphere. There are several exhibition rooms and some rooms that are still in use for daily prayers. The relics of St Teresa, as well as...More

2  Thank Witoldzio
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

compared to santa catalina this place is just boring. sure the buildings and the small courtyard is nice - but there´s really not much to see. Also we had a nun (or student) looking over our shoulder the whole time. And the entrancefee is just...More

1  Thank Maibrith
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Still currently used by 19 nuns (sometimes up to 21 nuns at one time) as a convent. Stunning architecture dating back several hundred years. This tour should be on a must-see list of Arequipa. We were there by ourselves- with a great guide.

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Reviewed 2 August 2018

this museo has an interesting collection of baroque itens. It is not big and have many beautiful things. Very pleasant place.

Thank Julieta d
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

This was much better than we believed. We went here as there was a long line to another monetary, but it was very interesting and we had a great English-speaking guide.

1  Thank Karsten J
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Inciteful tour with knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit. Be sure to pick up some baked goods made by the nuns.

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Take your time and walk around and enjoy the place. It's peaceful and gives you a nice idea of how the life was for the nouns years back.

Thank Chris L
Maria Antonieta C, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

We are happy with your comment, the result of a good visit. Congratulations

Reviewed 28 August 2017

We are Americans living in Arequipa. Being here for an extended period of time, we have the opportunity to visit it's treasures on a leisurely pace. El Monasterio de Santa Teresa houses religious art from the 17th and 18 century, most of which was produced...More

Thank DavidM10307
Reviewed 21 August 2017

This is still a functioning convent, although only 21 nuns still live here in a completely cloistered environment. You can tour the museum and grounds for PS20, but you will also be told to pay your guide (I gave her PS10), even though it is...More

2  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 19 August 2017

While everyone knows of Santa Catalina, everyone should also experience Santa Teresa. Very knowledgeable staff and friendly guide. It really should be on your schedule of things to see in Arequipa. It has only been open a few years, so there are not many tourists...More

Thank Anthony706
Reviewed 7 August 2017

This is a gem of a museum with ancient paintings, all original as they were shaped to fit around doors and arched ceilings. Very impressive. The is one room with original wall painting.

Thank Nadnerb2
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Had a great experience at the museum, with great art, very well kept paintings and a knowledgeable guide. Could even listen the nuns pray the angelus, while the bells of the monastery ringed at noon. Highly recommended!

Thank Claudia O
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