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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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  • It would be interesting to visit it with a guide, if not the important thing to know is that formerly operated the hospital where for example attending to those suffering from leprosy. If they sharpen the view on the architecture you will see the ancient entrance to the convent near the entrance of the chapel. Impressive your door of wood hand carved in one piece.
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  • The place seen from the outside was very pretty. But it is now old, corroded, no maintenance or some grace. We wanted to come to visit somewhere, or to do prayer, but everything is surrounded by an unnecessary mystery. Finally got the times care and there we went. Great was our surprise, when you pass the gate, you only access a lobby that does not allow you to see absolutely nothing. In addition had intention to buy some things made by the nuns, homemade things, or see the statuettes of the Virgin of the hill that they do. There was none of that. A few rosaries possibly made in China and two crap that they do not justify a purchase. Not even economic. So do not pass... for prayer go to the Virgen del Cerro or the Cathedral, and to buy crafts go anywhere else.
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  • A place with years of history and us date back to the time of the Spanish colony. It is worth visiting.
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  • Tremendous, obliged photo
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  • Historical place of Salta. Postal essential
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  • Beautiful chapel, when I met her I really liked much emotion I felt, I think again if God allows me 30/09 again.
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  • A convent from closure, with a fully colonial architecture, unfortunately only able to access the periphery, someday what it represents and is now become historical monument for the whole world, with much respect. Very cute night light, a recommendable walk.
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  • Beautiful place of chips for its history, its architectural value, their beauty
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