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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  • Many of the convents and churches are crumbling, but this one at least has many of its arches still intact. The Capuchines were responsible for this structure in the colonial era.  more »
  • My son and daughter in law celebrated their wedding in Antigua last week. We hosted the rehearsal dinner in the courtyard of the Convento de las Capuchinas. The ambiance outside in the courtyard was.....  more »
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  • I hesitated to pay the entrance fee of 40 Qtz but after spending some time there I could see that the ruins are special. Even though the place it's not well maintained and they had a crew setting up for and event, it's still worth a visit. Make sure you go up the stairs where they a have a small museum.
  • Convento Capuchinas was built in 1736 and served as the home to 25 cloistered nuns. The ruins are impressive and provide clues to the kind of lives the nuns lived inside those walls. My friend and I hired a guide. He provided great insights and pointed to architectural features that we would have missed, such as the accoustic effect of standing on a certain spot in the circular tower. The museum, which is in what used ti be the nun's apartments nicely rounds off the known history of the Convent. To walk the grounds and spaces that these same nuns walked was wonderful.
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