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Secret Convent of Santa Monica

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Address: 18 Poniente, Puebla, Mexico
Phone Number: 2222320178
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This museum of religious art served as a secret convent during the 19th...

This museum of religious art served as a secret convent during the 19th century when convents and monasteries were banned.

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A very peaceful place...

The convent is a nice example of the old days of catholic nuns living in cloister. The architecture of the building is well reserved and most of the rooms have had some sort of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Xalapa, Mexico

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Xalapa, Mexico
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The convent is a nice example of the old days of catholic nuns living in cloister. The architecture of the building is well reserved and most of the rooms have had some sort of restoration, but it keeps everything as it was originally. It is a museum of religious art, so you will find a lot of decorative pieces such... More 

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Texas
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Very interesting museum of an old convent in Puebla. There are many original items there to view and a lot of paintings that are typical of the time period.

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Grand Forks, Canada
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Beautiful convent museum. Full of artifacts and items from an orderly daily life. Stunning courtyards and lovely space. I am not really in to religious paintings but there were some unusual ones here. Also intriguing crafted items. In a country so filled with macho heroism this place with its mostly female aura was truly a sanctuary.

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Vancouver, Canada
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198 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

My sense is that this convent was not so much secret, as it was a 'wink wink, nudge, nudge' situation where the nuns were not going to be bothered as long as they kept a sufficiently low profile. Keeping a low profile was 'what they did' in any case, as they were cloistered. Candidates for this particular convent were obviously... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This convent and its members managed to escape the eyes of anti-clerical government agents for almost 200 years. A wonderful collection of colonial art and recently redone. Highly recommended.

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1 Thank Peregringo
Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The religious art in the museum was nice, but what I really enjoyed about the museum was the information on the daily life of the nuns that once inhabited the convent. The information was all in Spanish though.

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1 Thank chelsey a
San Francisco, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I was gloriously surprised by the beauty of this place. The guide that we were blessed to guide us through the convent was such a joy. Not only was he very knowledgeable but he explained things with such joy that we were submerged in the beauty and knowledge of the time period. We planned to be there for 1/2 hr... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A good example of the cloistered life in vice regal Mexico and after. Good example of this type of construction and daily life of the nuns during this period.

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Chicago, Illinois
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

You will learn about the history of the convents in Puebla in general, and in specific this one, where the chile en nogada (the mexican national dish") was invented. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They have constant tour so don´t miss it.

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1 Thank Hgmnz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Learn what it was like to be a nun in a convent living under the Rule of St. Augustine. Simply amazing. The young tour guides don't charge and they are a wealth of knowledge.

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