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Recoleta Convent (Monasterio de la Recoleta)
Recoleta Convent (Monasterio de la Recoleta)

Recoleta Convent (Monasterio de la Recoleta)

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La Recoleta 117, Arequipa, Peru, 04013

The Basics

For bibliophiles, the library at Recoleta Convent (Monasterio de la Recoleta) is a top draw, with the oldest volume dating back to 1494. The library is open for supervised visits; visitors simply need to ask at the entrance on arrival. Inside the grand wood-paneled library, you’re likely to encounter brown-robed monks browsing the collection. Other points of interest in the convent include Porter Cloister, which features a brick vault, 17th-century furniture, and a spacious courtyard.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The convent museum’s three collections make it a must-visit for history and culture buffs.

  • Local guides offer tours of the library and convent throughout the day. Although tours are technically free, a tip is expected.

  • There is a small admission fee to enter to convent.

  • Most travelers find that one hour gives ample time to explore the convent and its cultural artifacts.

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How to Get There

From the Plaza de Armas, it's an easy 10-minute walk across the river over pleasant Puente Bolognesi on the way to Yanahuara. Guided tours tend to offer air-conditioned transport between the convent and other Arequipa attractions, allowing you to beat the daytime heat.

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When to Get There

Recoleta Convent is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm.

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Highlights of the Recoleta Convent Museum

The museum at the convent hosts a wealth of wonders that date as far back as pre-Inca civilizations. Highlights of the collection include ancient mummies, items collected by missionaries in the Amazon basin, and funereal masks and totems from pre-Inca civilizations.

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