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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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Description: 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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I wanted to be a Nun

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Grand Forks, Canada
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Grand Forks, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 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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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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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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Mexico City, Mexico
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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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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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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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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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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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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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

There were very friendly students who guided us in English because the inscriptions were Spanish only. They refused our gratuity saying they were doing it as a service. Some of the nicest, young people we met in Mexico--also great museum of convent life

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Crystal Beach, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

This newly renovated museum is where the Augustine nuns created Chiles en Nogada. But that is not the only interesting thing about this museum. You will learn about the history of nuns in Puebla, of the Catholic Church in Mexico, and see the actual Talevera tiled kitchen where the nuns cooked. The entrance fee of 35 pesos is very reasonable... More 

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