The pastel ghost town at the Santa Catalina Convent

The three major cities in Peru are Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa. This convent takes up a wide sprawl of real estate in the southernmost city, Arequipa.  Daughters of merchants and nobles stayed here, so the place had the money to fund ornate embellishments like murals and sculptures.  It’s a ghost town now, but the staff still waters the flowers thrice daily.

cobblestone street in the Santa Catalina Convent - May 2009
Santa Catalina Convent - pink and blue flowers - May 2009
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The pastel ghost town at the Santa Catalina Convent