When visiting Arequipa, Peru, do not forget to check out the monastery of nuns of the Second Dominican Order, the Santa Catalina Monastery.
According to history, Maria de Guzman, a rich widow, was the founder of this monastery. According to the tradition of that period, a family's second daughter/son of a family would enter a life of service in the Church.
This monastery only accepted females from upper class families of Spain. The parents of the daughter would have to pay a dowry while she was being admitted to the monastery. Apart from this, they were also expected to bring 25 other listed things such as a lamp, a statue, etc.