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El Atrio del Convento de Izamal

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Address: Izamal, Mexico

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This monastery, one of the first in the western hemisphere, was built between 1553 and 1561. The monastery had an atrium second only to the one at the Vatican. The original altar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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St. John's, Canada
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St. John's, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This monastery, one of the first in the western hemisphere, was built between 1553 and 1561. The monastery had an atrium second only to the one at the Vatican. The original altar was destroyed in a fire. Today, the altar has an effigy of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception which was brought to Izamel by Landa from Guatamala in 1562.... More 

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Pleasanton, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Prior to arriving, unaware of the colonial actions in Izamal. Papal visit in 1993 still the most important current event. Plaza is largest in Americas, monastery/convent building large and beautiful. Be sure to pay to visit the museum in back of and above the Virgin's statue (the clothing room) and circumnavigate the block for good photo opportunities.

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Built on top of a major piramid in Izamal, this is a definite must see. The architectural composition of the church and the arcade is both extremely large and extremely beautiful. The yellow paint with the white trim accents the blue sky creating a magical experience. Hie one of the guides and you will enjoy a tour of the chapels... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A large religious building built on what was a Mayan quadrangle. Part of the old Mayan complex can be seen and visited a short walk from the church. The church has an amazing design, peaceful and serene .. Well maintained and well worth a visit to the see the different cultures. An easy drive from Merida, take the old road... More 

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Hilders, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Impressive by it's size only. We did not attend the museum, but the interior of the church was poor and so was architecture.

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Toluca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

the place is awesome building, ancient , as no political relevance or not such great hotels , you might think why the pope juan pablo II wanted to go there , discover yourself that , go on any sunday ,, important sunday i don't want to spoil the destination for you ,, you will have stomach butterflies when you overheard... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Historical Church ... very well kept! This is where Pope John Paul II visited the indigenous leaders of the Americas in the 90s. The church is well kept and this atrium is very nice and provides a great view and nice shade in the hot sun! Plus its free!!

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Franciscan Convent of Izamal was built on a Mayan religious site, using materials from the pyramids and buildings. Entrance to the Convent itself is free, but the museum charges a small entrance fee. We were lucky to meet a young man studying to be a Franciscan brother. He answered questions we had about the Convent and the Virgin of... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

On your way back from Chichen, Izamal is a good place to visit and eat. Downtown is beautiful, with yellow painted houses. Take a few steps and you'll reach a high Mayan pyramid which oversees the town, with nice view. Kinich restaurant is one block away, with great local dishes and awesome Service!

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Holland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Here it all started, when the Spanish tried to christianise the Mayas. It is good to realise what happened after. Izamal, with its yellow buildings is one of my favorite towns in Yucatan. Tyhe Convent itselves is also beautiful inside. Just walk around here!

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