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HISTORY

The Viceroy Francisco Toledo, during his visit to Arequipa, was informed by the council of canons of their wish to found a convent. In response, the viceroy granted them the necessary licenses for the founding of the "Monasterio de Monjas Privado de la Orden de Santa Catalina de Siena," or “Private Convent of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Catherine of Siena.” Years later, Doña María de Guzmán, the widow of Diego Hernández de Mendoza—a beautiful, rich, young woman who never had children—decided to shut herself away in the convent, which was still under construction, and give away all her earthly belongings. On September 10, 1579, the record and agreement for the founding of the convent was signed between the City Council, the Chief Justice, and the Regidor’s Office of Arequipa and the Bishopric of Cuzco. After signing the document, four plots of city-owned land were ceded for the site of the convent, and Doña María de Guzmán was named "first inhabitant and prioress of said Convent.”

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