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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  • So pretty. Walk, explore, climb, relax and enjoy the views. I loved it. Busy but you could still appreciate the views. I loved exploring! 
    So pretty. Walk, explore, climb, relax and enjoy the views. I loved it. Busy but you could still appreciate the views. I loved exploring!  more »
  • So you can pay to come in and walk around on your own, however, having a guide going through there is highly recommended. You would never know the history without that guide and we learned so much... 
    So you can pay to come in and walk around on your own, however, having a guide going through there is highly recommended. You would never know the history without that guide and we learned so much...  more »
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  • Came here as part of a city tour and so glad we did. This convent is a historical site with so many different areas to wander and enjoy. Just when you think you have seen it all, there is another hidden room, or nook or chamber. The back garden area has great views of the property and is framed by the volcanoes in the background. Be sure to find the underground cistern and try the ‘whisper into the wall’ game. If you are looking for photos for your social media, this is it.
  • Great country to visit and sightsee. I recommend this place as you can get a feeling and understanding of how people (nuns) lived back in the days

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