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It's a simple shot, but I like it anyway. It's taken in Arequipa at the Santa Catalina Monasterio. The monastary was opened in 1580 and was a convent for wealthy women who lived in relative luxury with servants, music, and money, despite take vows of poverty. With over 400 nuns living there at a time, the monatery became a city unto itself and was closed off to the outside world.
In 1970, in order to support the small number of remaining nuns, they opened most of it up to tourism. Now the outside world is welcome to roam the streets and corridors. What you find there is an incredibly beautiful architetural wonder, with arched gateways, colorful leafy courtyards, and a distinctly Escheresque feeling, with numerous staircases leading to nowhere. For me it was a highlight of my trip.

This photo is off one of many staircases to nowhere. It was cropped a bit, but other than that it's pretty much the origanal photo.

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Viewed: 1991
Points: 16
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Additional Photos by David MacPhee (DaveMacPhee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 43 N: 111] (1140)
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