The complex itself was really lovely. It looked like a fortress on the outside, but inside it was brightly colored (with original colors) and had a surprising Arabic flair. Our guide explained that the Spaniards in the 1500s were still strongly influenced by Islamic architecture and aesthetics after the long Moorish presence in Spain.
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
(note the "Silencio" instruction on the arch)
|Images for illiterate nuns
|Entrances to nuns' houses
|Servants' quarters for a nun's "house"
|Music book (before modern notation)
|Water filter: top container is porous
volcanic rock; water is purified as it seeps
through to bottom container
|Modern nuns live off to the right
|Oldest part of the monastery