Monasterio de Santa Catalina

There is a passage in the book Satan Loves You (quick and funny-enough read) – “Nero was already a volatile cocktail of neurochemical reactions.”

I was Nero this past week (first week in the new city!) so before tackling my assignments today I decided to go to one of Arequipa’s popular attractions, Monasterio de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Monastery) alone to try to clear my mind a bit.

It was stunning.

I am not one to write the entire history of a place on a blog (one of my pet peeves on other blogs) but here is a quick background. The monastery was built in 1579 out of sillar, a local volcanic stone and only accepted daughters from wealthy Spanish families. It is often called “city within a city” and rightly so: I couldn’t believe the loud and busy central square was right outside. The monastery only opened to the public in 1970, after almost 400 years of seclusion.

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I was glad I went early in the morning – an hour after they opened – because as I was leaving many tourists and tour groups were swarming the place. I was able to wander around and take pictures as I pleased without worrying about matching the pace with a companion or deal with other people in general. The monastery was very tranquil.

They recommended a tour guide but I opted out as 1.) costed extra, 2.) most of the guides were sitting on a bench furiously tapping away on their phones, and 3.) I didn’t want to be alone with just the guide.

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I can’t emphasize how beautiful it was. I wished I had my DLSR with me but the iPhone did an awesome job, I can’t believe such a small thing can take high quality photos.

If you ever visit Arequipa, go there. If you are a photographer or an artist you can spend an entire day there.

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This scared the living daylights out of me as I did not see it when I came through the dark room.
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It sort of looks like “lol sorry judas” was on the paper. It was not. I added it later. FYI. By this point you can probably tell I’m a heathen.

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The blue – you have to see it in person.

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ehehehehe
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Called “The Orange Cloister” for its five orange trees

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The original Kitchenmaid

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Reminiscent of Spanish streets

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Poor piggies to be eaten 😦 One of them even had a baby.

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Monday cometh.

6 thoughts on “Monasterio de Santa Catalina”

  1. Have you tried cuy yet? Or will your love of pigs going to win out? Rosa managed to pee on my floor while I was trying to clean their cage. Debating whether or not she will become dinner as a result.

    1. Rosa….weird, she never peed that much with me. There’s not much to her to eat. I guess I’ll try it if an opportunity presents itself.

  2. Hi Sari…pics are beautiful….you have a photographer’s eye! Hope you are having lots of fun. xoxo

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