Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru

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Monasterio de Santa Catalina

On September 10, 1579, Doña María de Guzmán, a young, beautiful, and rich widow founded this monastery which only accepted young women from upper-class Spanish families.

At the time, it was a tradition for the second daughter of a wealthy family to enter a life of service to the church. …

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