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El Museo de Las Conceptas, Cuenca
(4.2/5 based on 110 reviews on the web)
If you’ve ever felt curious about the sheltered life of nuns, El Museo de Las Conceptas offers an excellent opportunity to learn more. Located within the Convent of the Immaculate Conception, opened back in 1599, the centuries-old traditions of the nuns who lived here then and now come to life at the museum. You won't be able to see the nuns in person, and visiting the museum doesn’t give you access to the cloistered convent itself. Nevertheless, you can get a sense of the nuns' lifestyle by examining dioramas of their unadorned living quarters and primitive equipment. Plan your visit to El Museo de Las Conceptas and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cuenca holiday planner.
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  • They are 20 rooms with more than 60 pictures and 200 sculptures but the lack of a guide with more detailed explanation is left points. The fact can not take pictures in the room (only abroad) and the value of the input (3.50 dollars) also influences there are places more interesting, educational, and less distant than this museum.
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  • It is a good thing that this important landmark has been preserved and restored. It deserves all the attention it has received. And it deserves a few hours of time for anyone interested in Cuenca's hi...  more »
  • I was lucky that offered me a guide at the entrance and which I accepted with great pleasure. It was a very serious young man who, with a frenetic pace - what rare in Ecuador - explained to me with much rigor and detail all about the different rooms and the highly original exhibits there. Both the huge colonial Mansion (an Apple) and most of the objects come from the endowments of the novices. According to the amount and quality, these-although did vote of poverty-had a range and certain rights in the convent-for example, could dispose of bred-. As many entrants girls - from 7 or 8 years old - there are many objects that look like toys. The majority are of nature religious, but also there is tableware, clocks, chests, boxes... Works of art are carefully organized. A room dedicated to the Virgin, other crucifixes and angels, most of century XVIII and XIX - some earlier. Although most are minor works, I highlight some unusual things. Of many of them is known the name and are signed by women (religious logically), aspect this unusual in the history of the art of other times. Another noteworthy point is the quality of conservation. These works have not been ever restored. It seems that the dry atmosphere and rather sombre of these rooms has left them intact. What a difference with retouched, restored and crystallized museums works! I will finally not mention some rather gory and macabre details. To show life in the convent there are mirrors of the cells, kitchen etc... In the humble and grim reaper cell see bed, the balcony, the oratory and some common, today banned instruments (flagella, hair and other objects of corporal mortification). In the kitchen there is a Bank and down a few holes. These lived the cui or bunnies of pig breeding to feed. There are also numerous sculptures of angels and saints. Some have abundant hair. It's real hair. The novices enter had is to cut the hair that was then used to give hair virgins, Saints and angels. Also you will visit the old cemetery. First, it passes through the wake. Then there is a nice patio and at the end there are a stunning cover which leads to a large room with about 40 empty niches. Today it is a white and clean room that is used even for events. Until the reform of the building (80's) there were bodies decompose until they became skeletons. It seems that the State of poor health was tremendous. It was then that the remains were removed and buried in another part of the building. I will finally not mentioning the beautiful colonial courtyards and perfectly manicured gardens, the peace that reigns there, the blackmailing of a hummingbird.
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  • A very nice place that reveals the intriguing story of the cloister
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