The church of Santa Catalina is one of the churches of Cusco with more history since there, during the Inca period, was the ‘Acllahuasi’ or ‘House of the chosen ones’. It is located just 100 meters from the Plaza de Armas of the city. Currently, in addition to the church, it has a convent and museum where the relics and historical pieces of the monastic cloister are exhibited. The cost of the visit is 8 Peruvian soles per person (2.5 U.S. dollars approximately).
The convent was built in 1601 on the Inca Acllahuasi. From 1975 it exhibits its collection of canvases of the Cusquenian School in which paintings of the life of Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin Mary with Saint Joseph, Saint John, The Assumption of the Virgin, Saint Raphael Archangel, works of Marcos Ribera, Francisco Padilla and Diego Quispe Tito, among others stand out; it also shows scenes of the life of the Dominican cloistered nuns and exhibits silverware, porcelain and furniture from the colonial period.
Where is it?
The church and convent of Santa Catalina is located 100 meters southeast of Cusco’s Main Square. Its exact address is ‘Calle Santa Catalina Angosta s/n’.
How to get there?
The way most tourists get to the church and convent of Santa Catalina is on foot. To do this you must walk about 4 minutes approximately from the Plaza de Armas of the city. Just follow the street ‘Sta. Catalina Angosta’, in one of the corners of the square.
Price of the visit
The entrance ticket to the monastery and museum of Santa Catalina costs 8 Peruvian soles (approximately US$2.5).
University students (with ID) pay 4 Peruvian soles (1.25 U.S. dollars, approximately).
The monastery and museum of Santa Catalina is open to visitors every day from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.