Convento de las Capuchinas, Antigua

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#4 of 14 in Historic Sites in Antigua
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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  • Did a tour with Caravan and despite the excellent commentary there just isn't much here. Enjoy the shops and streets and save your money  more »
  • Most beautiful ruins. So full of history you can feel it as you walk through. We paid a tour guide and although it doesn’t have the happiest of history We were so grateful for the opportunity to have ...  more »
  • Good place to walk around for an hour or two but compared to other ruins in Antigua and the world there isn’t much going on. Also 40Q is quite expensive for a place with no signs or explanations of th...  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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