Within the walls of Arequipa’s Monasterio de Santa Catalina

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  1. So colourful! I tend to think of monasteries and convents as quite austere, simple places but this is so beautifully designed and decorated.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Good point, I hadn’t considered that – perhaps it was the wealthy families’ way of ‘splashing out’?!

  2. Goodness! That career option didn’t come up when I chatted with the careers advisor! Agree with Anna – that last photo is so evocative.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      I think things had moved on by then! 😀 But the idea of taking that vocation is so fascinating to me, because I’m sure I couldn’t cope without a connection to the wider world.

  3. Such an interesting read about an important historical structure. I am still pining away for Peru, so I loved reading all the detail about Monasterio de Santa Catalina de Siena. It felt like a very calm space and such a change from so many of the ornate churches and Lima monastery I had the chance to visit. Visiting during candlelight I’m sure would be wonderful!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Yes, a candlelight visit is the one thing I wish I’d done. Ahh, Alison, I’m with you all the way when it comes to pining for this part of the world!

  4. Anna Parker says:

    What a fascinating place, it has done well to stay so solid with all the plate activity. I love that final photo of the view – it is almost surreal. And that quote – about a fashionable career choice!!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks Anna, the irony is that it’s probably tourism money that will keep it going in the future and not those wealthy families with career-minded daughters!

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