Convento de las Capuchinas, Antigua
(4.3/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Nestled between green courtyards and gardens, the well-preserved ruins of Antigua's largest convent, Convento de las Capuchinas, hide secrets of the early 18th century sisterhood that came from Madrid. In 1736, within a decade after their arrival, the Capuchin nuns built the convent, which they abandoned after an earthquake some 40 years later. Appreciate the architecture and ambiance of the restored bathing halls and nuns' cells set around a circular patio with a tower. Two of the cells illustrate cloistered life with mannequins. To best learn about the historical details--such as the water torture chambers surrounded by gardens--you have to hire a guide. The view of the surrounding landscape from the roof is memorable. A museum on the second floor displays art pieces and other period artifacts. To visit Convento de las Capuchinas on your trip to Antigua, use our Antigua itinerary planner.
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  • The Convento de las Capuchinas is an interesting, beautiful and well-preserved historic convent to explore in Antigua featuring pretty colonial architecture. Like many of the other churches and conven...  more »
  • The monastery is today a museum. It is interesting to see the many different rooms, unfortunately there is a lack of lyrics about what they've spent and the few lyrics there is, is in Spanish.
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  • A very historical and beautiful place. This convent has a ton of history. It reflects the lifestyle and influence of the Catholic church in the region. Although not necessary when entering the convent...  more »
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  • One of the iconic sights in Antigua, Convento Capuchinas makes for an enlightening visit for those who wish to get a glimpse of what life must have been like in a colonial convent. The place is properly restored in some areas to exemplify this modus vivendi, while other areas keep that splendour that only buildings that have seen centuries slip by possess.
  • One of the prized ruins in town. Restoration still ongoing. Come see the circular tower for nuns, one of the first apartment buildings in the Americas. Beautiful, quiet garden area. Kids love climbing all over the place.
  • I would have never guessed from the outside how beautiful these ruins are. It was fascinating to walk through and imagine what it must have been like to live there as a nun.
  • Very beautiful and well kept. Excellent place for photography, spent 2 hours here taking photos until my girlfriend forced me to leave. Not a huge amount of people walking around either, so it's ideal for peopleless photos!
  • Fantastic. One of the must-sees in Antigua.