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SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY

Conserving mural paintings and stabilizing the convent of Santa Catalina

SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY
Arequipa, Peru
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BACKGROUND

The Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena was built in 1579 and is located in the historical center of Arequipa, Peru. It served as a cloister for Dominican nuns from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and still houses a small religious community today. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

To highlight the perilous state of the complex, Santa Catalina was placed on the 2008 World Monuments Watch. Promociones Turisticas del Sur S.A., a private group that manages the site for the nuns, partnered with WMF to restore the mural paintings on the lower choir of the church, an area in need of immediate attention. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Santa Catalina convent is an important example of Viceroyal architecture. Separate areas of the structure were built during different centuries, making the complex a showcase of local and colonial styles. The convent is still a functioning religious complex as well as a tourist site. (...)