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Convento de las Capuchinas

Av Norte at 2 Calle Oriente 2, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
832-0184
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This massive convent was a thriving community of nuns from 1736 until the 1773 earthquake, after which it was abandoned. Now open to the public, tranquil gardens, sparse nuns’ cells and a terrific view from the roof make this a popular attraction.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“nuns lived” (5 reviews)
“nice museum” (6 reviews)
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Av Norte at 2 Calle Oriente 2, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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"nuns lived"
in 5 reviews
"main courtyard"
in 4 reviews
"nice museum"
in 6 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 13 reviews
"restored convent"
in 3 reviews
"piece of history"
in 3 reviews
"interesting history"
in 7 reviews
"tour guide"
in 11 reviews
"colonial times"
in 3 reviews
"photo ops"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful ruins"
in 4 reviews
"take pictures"
in 4 reviews
"walking tour"
in 3 reviews
"central america"
in 3 reviews
"dolls"
in 28 reviews
"acoustics"
in 8 reviews
"convents"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed wandering around the former convent imagining what it would have been like back in the day when it was occupied. It's a good place to visit for an hour or so.

Thank Mathyew
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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Loved exploring the convent and imagining how the nuns lived during this time. The ruins are stunning and really fun to get photos with - definitely my favorite in Antigua and I visited almost all of the ruin sites! It really is like you are...More

Thank Annalynnvegan
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

In the center of this convent, on the second floor, are small single rooms arranged in a circle, facing each other. I thought I knew convents but these nuns were monks, taking a vow of silence and no socializing.

Thank reliasz
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Because I enjoy doing my own research when I decide what places to include in my itinerary, we almost always go without a guide. About 15 minutes of "study" before visiting is all it takes to know what we'll see and what will be particularly...More

1  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Interesting to see this. Rich nuns paid to get in and had rooms to themselves. Poor nuns were accepted for free but lived several to a room and did all the chores. Capuchin monkeys and capuchino coffee are named after the brown and white colouring...More

1  Thank Marianne H
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

A lovely partially restored Convent in Antigua. It is interesting to walk around and see the construction technigues involved in this beautiful building. There is also an art gallery with some fine paintings in the upper level.

Thank Dan02554
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Having a guide through this large convent and church is a must. Helped to fill in the history, understand the function of parts of this very large complex. A beautiful site! Well worth a stop.

Thank M L
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

This was an amazing experience, they have been carefully restoring the buildings and gardens. The guides where very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. There was a lot to take in and I learn something new every time I go back.

Thank beckyanders
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Go with a guide. No English signage. Many of the rooms that were used by the nuns for work and study have been converted into "modern...and cheap" offices for museum staff. The ruins are very impressive. This convent was one of the first in history...More

1  Thank Dan F
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The convent like many other colonial buildings in Antigua was hit badly by earthquakes. But preserving its history has made Antigua a time capsule. You can imagine what it was like living there as a nun. And the gardens add to the serenity of the...More

Thank Dorten
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Response from Brad H | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The beautiful wedding we saw was at San Jose el Viejo. It is a gorgeous spot. I am nearly sure that Porta Hotel Antigua (which is right across the street) has exclusive access to this site. I hope that helps
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I have no idea. You would have to call and find out.
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Weekdays from 9 to 17. Weekend some parts maybe closed. Earlybirds catch the worm ...
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