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Convento Santa Clara

2 Av. Sur at 6 Calle Oriente, Antigua, Guatemala
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Ranked #15 of 34 attractions in Antigua
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: These ruins, like so many others in the city, are the effects of several devastating earthquakes over the last 200 years.
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175 reviews 175 reviews
38 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

There is no shortage of church ruins in Antigua, but this one is worth a visit. The preserved facade of the church is spectacular and the ruin-surrounded courtyard with fountain is deeply peaceful. The gardens are also very pleasant and well maintained. The ongoing construction to repair/shore up the church was a bit distracting, but welcome. There isn't a lot... More

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Olmito, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This ruin is definitely worth the visit while you are in Antigua. I found it interesting and it has some interesting information to enhance your knowledge of colonial Spanish life in Guatemala. There is a charge to get in which is very straight forward. However, beware of the men who are in uniform and offer you a guided tour. Yes,... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Spent ages here wandering around, loved it so peaceful. We signed the visitors book but could not find another British entry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

These ruins are very well conserved, and maintain the feeling they are suppose to. The church is actually very cool, even for kinds I dear say, that might not be always into site seeing.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Walking around the ruins was a great 40 minutes well spent. There were hardly any visitors on Monday lunchtime when we went, and it was very peaceful. The ruins are fantastic but the gardens also really make this a worthwhile visit. There is an information board as you enter, detailing the history of the convent. There were a couple of... More

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Livingston, Guatemala
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

If one intended to be a nun, then this was the place to be! The grounds are immaculately kept and the restoration being undertaken is sympathetic and done with expertise. I loved a couple of hours there. The entrance fee is very small and worthwhile.

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Panama City, Panama
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Cost us $6 per adult and it was well worth it. Beautiful ruins. We tried to go down into the dungeons but we happened upon a woman sitting on the steps with a man standing in front of her facing her. Their actions didn't look family friendly so we quickly moved on to something else. Hopefully this couple does not... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Seemed to be in ruins. No entry that we could find. Square in front very appealing...Parque La Union with washing facilities. If you're lucky like us, you'll see a woman actually doing her laundry!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Ruins are huge, and although the entrance fee is higher than that of the former cathedral, you see that the money is being well spent for the garden and the maintenance of the ruins (church being covered, some walls being built to enforce the structure etc.).

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Staines, United Kingdom
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197 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Often overlooked by the more magnificent churches and cathedrals this is a hidden gem. Worth having a guide ti explain the history and the way the natural disasters affected the convent

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