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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  • Visited with our tour group and our director was our guide of sorts. He gave us a lot of information before letting us loose to explore the grounds. I really enjoyed going into the old church where it...  more »
  • Very interesting, nice to learn about the history of what was the operation of the convent there are areas where we simulate how it worked
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  • One of the best ruins I the city. Don’t miss it. You can feel the life of the nuns who lived there. Guide available. The written material is not very helpful, but there is signage.  more »
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  • 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
  • Nice historic place.

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