Explore the huge collection of historical books and maps, including rarities dating back to the 15th century, at Monasterio de la Recoleta. This storied 17th-century Franciscan monastery was recently repurposed into a public library, where the collection includes over 20,000 old books and documents. While there, visit the onsite museum of Amazonian and pre-Conquest artifacts collected by missionaries. Guides speaking Italian, French, Spanish, and English offer extensive knowledge on topics. By using our Arequipa trip itinerary planning app, you can arrange your visit to Monasterio de la Recoleta and other attractions in Arequipa.
Monasterio de la Recoleta reviews
Our guide suggested we visited here on our free afternoon and it was a really great way to spend a couple of hours. Very quiet, we had most galleries and the church to ourselves. Lots of interesting..... more »
Best visit of town! Very cheap and amazing and surprising rooms. Very beautiful venue. Special mention for the library!! I warmly recommend! Safe area and very nice staff. more »
I spent 7 months backpacking in South America. I spent one evening in this monastery turned museum attached to an active church complete with bell tower you can climb. If there were one place I could click my heels and return to, from my entire trip, it would be this meseum. The library and museum numerous rooms are time capsules. I will not attempt to describe what you will find inside, the treasures are too vast.
An understated and fascinating monastery across the river, with a charming library and a beautiful courtyard. Peace and quiet can be found here unlike in St. Catalina. We enjoyed our afternoon here.
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