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San Bernardo Convent, Salta

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Appreciate the mixture of colonial architecture and indigenous art at San Bernardo Convent. Considered the oldest religious landmark in Salta, the building originally served as a hermitage until sometime before or during the 17th century, although a loss of records has made it impossible to identify what year. In 1726, the building was redesignated as a hospital, before becoming a convent in 1846. Look for the complex's distinctive oak door, carved by indigenous artisans and installed in 1762. Unless you're a Carmenite nun, you unfortunately won't be allowed to enter; instead, walk around the exterior and pop into the gift shop selling icons and baked goods made by the nuns. Visitors can leave prayer requests in the convent's prayer wheel. Put San Bernardo Convent and other Salta attractions into our Salta holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Historical building which houses a community of Discalced Carmelites. Okay go to the place.
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  • It has reduced schedules to go inside because it is closing, however it is worth getting up early to do so. The façade and its gate are ascetic but beautiful.
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  • only the exterior, you can meet is not allowed to enter. The Discalced Carmelite nuns are. There is a kiosk to buy souvenirs (do not enter)
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  • Muy lindo! Para no perdérselo en una visita a Salya
  • Not miss the details of door... pity that I could not enter.
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  • Very nice.
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  • A historic site par excellence obligation to know
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  • The convent is considered world heritage.
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Salta's status as the tourist hub of northwestern Argentina means that a wide array of accommodations has sprung up throughout the city. The majority are concentrated around the city's grid-like center, surrounding Plaza 9 de Julio. For something more relaxed and closer to nature, go southeast and explore the area around Parque San Martin. You can opt for anything from a healthy range of budget accommodations, including hostels and small guesthouses, all the way to luxury hotels.
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