We started getting all touristy for our last few days. Among the magical things to do in Arequipa is a tour of the Santa Catalina convent. When established in 1579, it was built from the finical support of rich Spanish families who would give their second daughters to the church to win favour in heaven. In the case of this convent, the girls were required to provide a substantial dowry of cash and furnishings to be accepted. On completion of their noviciate, they would move into a house shared with one other affluent nun. The house would be home to one or more poor nuns as well. These nuns, accepted without dowry, acted as servants. The convent also kept slaves who could be sold if times were tough. The convent was literally a cloistered city within Arequipa, with streets, embroidery workshops, and a bakery. Life changed dramatically in 1871 when the pope ordered the nuns to relinquish their wealth, release the slaves and live as equals in dormitories. About 20 nuns still live in an area of the convent inaccessible to the public. The rest of the approximately 20,000-square-meters (about the size of two large supermarkets) is now a museum.
These clay half jars were the outdoor laundry.