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Convento de la Recoleta

Convento de la Recoleta Review

One of Peru's most extensive and valuable libraries is in this 1648 Franciscan monastery. With several cloisters and museums on-site, it's a wonderful place to research regional history and culture. Start in the massive, wood-paneled, wood-floored library, where monks in brown robes quietly browse 20,000 ancient books and maps, the most valuable of which were printed before 1500 and are kept in glass cases. Pre-Columbian artifacts and objects collected by missionaries to the Amazon are on display, as is a selection of elegant colonial and religious artwork. Guides are available, just remember to tip. To reach the monastery, cross the Río Chili by Puente Grau. It's a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas.

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  • Address: Recoleta 117, Arequipa | Map It
  • Phone: 054/27–0966
  • Cost: S/5
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9–noon and 3–5
  • Location: Arequipa
Updated: 10-18-2012

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