Convento de las Capuchinas, Antigua

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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. See Convento de las Capuchinas and all Antigua has to offer by arranging your trip with our Antigua holiday planning site .
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  • October 1, 2017
    Good place to spend an hour or so exploring, not a lot of information about the history or ruins. Avoid going on weekend as it will be full of guatemalans crowding the place. Thought the admission was...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    An interesting place for a visit short in the afternoon, the couple visited other so many archaeological and historical sites in the city of Antigua.
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  • September 22, 2017
    very well preserved, consists of many different areas, but in the end everything is very harmonic, one of the few ruins of a building in the tower for a convent in Latin america, beautiful gardens and fountains. rent event space and perhaps the only thing that I didn't like us was the intervention to cover in metal and acrylic is completely horrible.
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  • March 16, 2017
    Breath taking ruins of a convent a must when you go to Antigua!
  • December 24, 2016
    Beautiful place to visit, its a combination of ruins & history there
  • October 15, 2016
    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.
  • July 23, 2016
    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.
  • September 4, 2016
    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.

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