124 - 12th April 2006 - Arequipa - Santa Catalina Convent


Arriving in Arequipa - Our LAN Peru jet


Santa Catalina Convent in Arequipa


They opened the convent late so we could have a tour


The convent was only opened to the public in 1998 and so retains much of the original colonial character


Version of 'The Last Supper' made by the nuns of the convent


The walls were incredibly colourful


Beautiful Architecture


Looking into one of the courtyards


The nuns lead a simple life


An altar in one of the chapels


The Orange Sector - Named after the trees rather than the walls


Detail on the pillars


The Orange Sector


One of the old kitchens - The nuns used to have maids


Looking out onto the street


Security is still an issue


More colourful walls


The roof of the church


The longest street - It is like a city within the city


More streets


The old laundry room - Water runs down from the top into the bowls at the side which were plugged by


Rose from the rose garden


The rose garden


Bright walls


Intricate woodwork on the doors


These plants were placed everywhere and gave it a real character


One of the many fountains in the complex


The volcanoes in the distance - One is still active


Pigeon wondering if he could fly to the moon


The bed of the main nun from the complexes past - This is a real bed of nails that she used to sleep on for self punishment


A portait of said nun. She was canonised and needs 2 more miracles to be a saint


Close up of one of the flowers


Tree in the courtyard


At the hostel


More flowers at the hostel - It was very well tended


More hostel flowers