Convento de las Capuchinas, Antigua

4.3
#4 of 40 in Historic Sites in Guatemala
Ruin Tourist Spot
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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  • This is a cool place to visit. The architecture is wonderful and there are a lot of interesting spots to visit there.  more »
  • My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed walking around these ruins. What made the experience was using the tour guide we met in the very first room. At first we were not interested in a tour guide, but he...  more »
  • It is an amazing place but this last time we were told we cannot take pictures of ourselves or we would be charged which we considered to be rude since you usually wanna take pictures of yourself when...  more »
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  • Breath taking ruins of a convent a must when you go to Antigua!
  • Beautiful place to visit, its a combination of ruins & history there
  • 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.

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