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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  • 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 »
  • Because I enjoy doing my own research when I decide what places to include in my itinerary, we almost always go without a guide. About 15 minutes of "study" before visiting is all it takes to know wha...  more »
  • Interesting to see this. Rich nuns paid to get in and had rooms to themselves. Poor nuns were accepted for free but lived several to a room and did all the chores. Capuchin monkeys and capuchino coffe...  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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