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El Atrio del Convento de Izamal

Address: Izamal, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Izamal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The noice at the plazza, but this is the fiesta counted. The convent is unic and full of pilgrims, the chirch has a nice altar.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Very impressive, opportunity for excellent photos especially towards sunset. Really gives an idea of the history of the local history

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Altadena, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Compared to the ruins of the Yucatan this isn't very interesting but it's worth a few pesos for the tour to learn a little history and Izamal is a cute little town to spend a couple of hours in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Worth the trip to Izamel to see this convent. Second largest atrium after the Vatican. Interesting history as like many other convents built on a Mayan platform. Beautiful stained glass windows.

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Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Convent of Izamal is an amazing experience. Pope visited this place, as it is the second largest atrium after the Vatican's atrium. The church is huge and a pintoresc place to visit and walk around. Rent a horse car and have them drive you around through town and around the Convent, it is cheap around $10 USD for an hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The church was worth seeing and the tour guide Mishael did a great job of providing information and historical tidbits. My daughter really liked the history of the area and learning about the Mayan Culture and how it was systematically eradicated. Great tour and really nice sites.

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