Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, Cusco

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Head to the 16th-century Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco to see where women from rich and powerful families came to live a life of chastity, obedience, and continual prayer and work. A dimly lit interior, quiet atmosphere, and mannequins dressed as nuns provide an insight into convent life. Today, roughly 20 nuns live in the northern quarter of the convent, while the rest is open to the public. For Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco and beyond, use our Cusco trip itinerary app to get the most from your Cusco vacation.
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Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco Reviews
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  • I entered this museum without creating any expectation, but I was positively surprised to enter and find a super gloomy environment, which even gave me some anguish. And I admit that I was afraid of the mannequins dressed as a nun in different situations. But you also have wonderful paintings that fill your eyes. Recommend.
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  • We heard about the place by recommending a guy from the hotel. And it was a very interesting experience. The ticket is very economical (some $3 and little) and that's always good. We really enjoyed the visit, you can learn quite a bit from the Spanish time of the cusco. I should have more support to make yourself known, very good visit.
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  • A somewhat different museum to visit on a journey more to Inca culture, but it is worth to know how it was a life of nuns based on the life of Santa Catalina. Feb/19 was $8 soles p. P
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  • The Chapter House fresco is certainly the most fascinating place of the visible part of the monastery, still inhabited by the nuns. In the Museum are reconstructed the main points of the monastic life, the novitiate, the communal dining, to manual work and prayer. Very nice double arch on the ground floor and above. Interesting the picture gallery, with some impressive local authors who had absorbed (very nicely) Spanish style.
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