Monasterio de la Recoleta, Arequipa

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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.
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  • 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 a...  more »
  • Poorly ranked on trip advisor but yet full of charm and very interesting. Little frequented by tourists (sixth visitors at noon), it takes a short walk from the centre. Superb library and various collections.
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  • 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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