Construction on the Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa began in 1579. At one time during the past 400-plus years, over 450 nuns were cloistered here. It wasn't until the 1960's that the nuns became half-cloistered (meaning they could venture out into the city to purchase items and visit relatives). Now, a few dozen nuns live in a newer section of this city-within-a-city.
The monastery is a photographer's dream. Colors play in the sunlight; afternoon shadows dance across the walls. Midori grabbed the camera and had a field day; I wandered the tiny silent streets and imagined what it must have been like to silently dedicate a life to spiritual pursuits.
Most of the photos on the following pages don't need much description...
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