Monesterio Hotel
The Monesterio hotel was originally built in 1595 on the site of the palace of Inca Amara Qhala. In 1598 it became a seminary to train Catholic priests. The building was gravely damaged by an earthquake in 1650. When it was rebuilt the chapel was added. It continued as a seminary until 1965 when it was converted into a hotel. It is a national landmark and is now managed by the Orient-Express Hotel Corporation.
One of three 17th century original paintings in our room
One of three 17th century original paintings in our room

One of three 17th century original paintings in our room
view of courtyard from the second floor near our room
view of courtyard from the second floor near our room

view of courtyard from the second floor near our room
One of many stairwells
One of many stairwells

One of many stairwells
Another original 17th century painting   There are hundreds in the hotel
Another original 17th century painting There are hundreds in the hotel

Another original 17th century painting There are hundreds in the hotel
A 300 year old cedar tree stands in the courtyard
A 300 year old cedar tree stands in the courtyard

A 300 year old cedar tree stands in the courtyard
Another view of courtyard, restaurant is on lower level
Another view of courtyard, restaurant is on lower level

Another view of courtyard, restaurant is on lower level
Internal entrance to the chapel
Internal entrance to the chapel

Internal entrance to the chapel
This door leads to street, but it is never opened now since the chapel is not in use
This door leads to street, but it is never opened now since the chapel is not in use

This door leads to street, but it is never opened now since the chapel is not in use
The front altar was made from  local cedar and covered with gold leaf
The front altar was made from local cedar and covered with gold leaf

The front altar was made from local cedar and covered with gold leaf
A side altar made of cedar wood covered in silver
A side altar made of cedar wood covered in silver

A side altar made of cedar wood covered in silver
The choir loft at the rear of the church.  The sides of the chapel were covered with huge paintings
The choir loft at the rear of the church. The sides of the chapel were covered with huge paintings

The choir loft at the rear of the church. The sides of the chapel were covered with huge paintings
Another view of the courtyard
Another view of the courtyard

Another view of the courtyard
This area is used now for the buffet breakfast. The service was outstanding.  The food was wonderful
This area is used now for the buffet breakfast. The service was outstanding. The food was wonderful

This area is used now for the buffet breakfast. The service was outstanding. The food was wonderful
Another hall for use of guests at breakfast
Another hall for use of guests at breakfast

Another hall for use of guests at breakfast
A chef prepares omelets to order
A chef prepares omelets to order

A chef prepares omelets to order
The front of the hotel does not prepare you for the splendor within
The front of the hotel does not prepare you for the splendor within

The front of the hotel does not prepare you for the splendor within