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Cloistered view

Cloistered view

Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa

Santa Catalina convent in Arequipa is almost a city made up of cloisters, plazas, streets, a dispensary, lots of different quarters, kitchens, chapels etc. Nuns hardly needed to leave as they had all their necessities attended to but almost no-one in the city knew what went on as it was a closed order. When it was opened up, even local city-dwellers were amazed by its beauty and extensiveness.