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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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  • Love this place. The educational content is very good, the grounds are lovely, and the atmosphere is very serene. Spent a lot of time just contemplating. 
    Love this place. The educational content is very good, the grounds are lovely, and the atmosphere is very serene. Spent a lot of time just contemplating.  more »
  • My cousin got married here. Such a beautiful place. I felt like borrowing my cousin's dress and run down the corridors while someone dressed as a centaur chases after me!! 
    My cousin got married here. Such a beautiful place. I felt like borrowing my cousin's dress and run down the corridors while someone dressed as a centaur chases after me!!  more »
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  • Here is some practical information, that may actually come in handy. Let's start with the obvious, the cost: 40 Q to enter, if you want a guide it'll cost you anywhere from 100 to 150 Q depending on your "negotiating skills." Guides ask for 150Q straight up, I paid 110. There is a bit of walking as the tour lasts up to an hour but there are lots of shady places and you shouldn't feel tired. There are serviceable bathrooms on the property, close to the main cloister, which is a real plus. The convent itself has been largely restored and is the jewel of all the abandoned churches of Antigua. If you visit just one, visit this one, and get that guide. It makes the difference, it really does. make sure they take you to the downstairs acoustic chamber, it is unbelievable! Highly recommended.
  • WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE! I came here for a wedding and I was just blown away at how beautiful this structure is. The whole time I couldn’t get over how unique it is to be able to have a wedding here! Very inspiring! It’s the beautifully weathered walls that really get me as they’ve seen and heard so many stories over time. Astonishing

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