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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  • Originally called convent of our Lady of the Pilar de Zaragoza 1736 by Diego de Porres and was the last monastery to be built in the colonial city. There could get women to not requeriandote to do so. He survived the earthquakes that struck the city problem that was abandoned and used even for crops. Currently there is a Museum in that location
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  • That is not noisy like Church, feel the weight of historical buildings. In front of the building model who was shooting. More fascinating Church model, it also might shine in the photos!.
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  • In the center of this convent, on the second floor, are small single rooms arranged in a circle, facing each other. I thought I knew convents but these nuns were monks, taking a vow of silence and no ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. If you haven't been here yet, I highly recommend it. Have fun!
  • Wish it was open looks like they were doing work
  • Very unique place with a lot of history and traditions
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place to visit, its a combination of ruins & history there
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