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The Monasterio de Santa Catalina was a town in the town of Arequipa, built in 1579 and enlarged in the 17th century. The over 20,000-square-meter monastery was built predominantly in the Mudιjar style, and is characterized by its vividly painted walls.
The foundress of the monastery was a rich widow, Maria de Guzman. The tradition of the time indicated that the second son or daughter of a family would enter a life of service in the Church, and the monastery accepted only women from upper class Spanish families.
At its height, the monastery housed approximately 450 people (about a third of them nuns and the rest servants) in a cloistered community. In the 1960s, it was struck twice by earthquakes, severely damaging the structures, and forcing the nuns to build new accommodation next door.
In the back ground we can see Chachani volcano with it 6075mt.

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