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Secret Convent of Santa Monica

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Address: 18 Poniente | 5 de Mayo y la 18 Pte a lado de la Iglesia El Señor de las Maravillas, Puebla, Mexico
Phone Number: 2222320178

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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It's the church

The ex-convento is worth visiting but the real attraction is Santa Monica church just to the side. Not only is it gorgeous but there is a very special glass enclosed box with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 20, 2016
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

The ex-convento is worth visiting but the real attraction is Santa Monica church just to the side. Not only is it gorgeous but there is a very special glass enclosed box with Jesus just having fallen with the cross. People gather around it to touch the glass. Probably connected with a miracle.

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Progreso, Yucatan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

The ex-convent is now a museum filled with interesting religious artifacts. It's many rooms truly give you a feel for what life must have been like for the nuns living here. Lots of history in this place!

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

If you have a couple of hours unscheduled in Puebla, you should add this convent, now a museum, to your plans. It exemplifies the history of religious orders in Mexico, and the persecution they underwent during the Revolution.

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016

I was disappointed by this tour. We had to pay, which doesn't bother me, but we only got to see 2 rooms. You could barely see a corner of the courtyard through a window. The kitchen was beautiful, but I saw just as beautiful Talavera kitchens in local restaurants. I expected more.

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Xalapa, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2016

The convent is a nice example of the old days of catholic nuns living in cloister. The architecture of the building is well reserved and most of the rooms have had some sort of restoration, but it keeps everything as it was originally. It is a museum of religious art, so you will find a lot of decorative pieces such... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2015

Very interesting museum of an old convent in Puebla. There are many original items there to view and a lot of paintings that are typical of the time period.

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Grand Forks, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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