A small convent a couple of blocks west of the Plaza de Armas, Santa Catalina was built between 1601 and 1610 on top of the Acllahuasi, where the Inca emperor sequestered his chosen Virgins of the Sun. The convent contains a museum of colonial and religious art. The collection includes an excellent selection of Escuela Cusqueña paintings, featuring some of the greatest works of Amerindian art—a combination of indigenous and typically Spanish styles—in Cusco. The collection also includes four paintings of the Lord of the Earthquakes (El Señor de los Temblores) painted by Amerindians. The interior of the monastery is quite beautiful, with painted arches and an interesting chapel with baroque frescoes of Inca vegetation. Other items of interest include macabre statues of Jesus and an extraordinary trunk that, when opened, displays the life of Christ in three-dimensional figurines. (It was employed by the Catholic Church's "traveling salesmen," who were used to convert the natives in far-flung regions of Peru.)
Convento de Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina Angosta s/n, Peru
Our Rating Hours Daily 8am–5:30pm Phone 084/226-032 Prices Admission not included in boleto turístico; S/8 adults, S/5 students
MapSanta Catalina Angosta s/n Peru Cusco
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