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Secret Convent of Santa Monica

18 Poniente, Puebla, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 32 attractions in Puebla
Type: Religious Sites, Missions
Description: This museum of religious art served as a secret convent during the 19th century when convents and monasteries were banned.
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English first
Mexico City, Mexico
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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San Francisco, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Eugene, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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366 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

The building is lovely and the kitchen is wonderful, but the actual museum of religious art is a little staid and unless you have a particular interest in religious art, can be quite tedious.

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