The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca Sights

Convento de la Recoleta

  • Recoleta 117 Map It
  • Arequipa
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 02/02/2016

Fodor's Review

One of Peru's most extensive and valuable libraries is in this 1648 Franciscan monastery. With several cloisters and museums, 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 (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.

Sight Information

Address:

Recoleta 117, Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

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Phone:

054-270–966

Sight Details:

  • S/10
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–noon and 3–5

Published 02/02/2016

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