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. To visit Convento de las Capuchinas on your trip to Antigua, use our Antigua itinerary planner.
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  • We enjoyed visiting Las Capuchinas and would definitely recommend it. As with most buildings/churches/ruins we saw in Antigua it is a much bigger site than it appears to be from the outside. The inter...  more »
  • I visited the Convento de las Capuchinas rather late in the day, so the museum part of it was already closed, but walking around the buildings and the gardens were still worth the nominal entrance fee...  more »
  • Convento de las Capuchinas was interesting. There was an entrance fee, and they make you pay more if you are a tourist. There isn't a lot of explanation to the ruins, so it makes it kind of hard to kn...  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.