Convento de las Capuchinas

Convento de las Capuchinas, Antigua

Convento de las Capuchinas
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This massive convent was a thriving community of nuns from 1736 until the 1773 earthquake, after which it was abandoned. Now open to the public, tranquil gardens, sparse nuns’ cells and a terrific view from the roof make this a popular attraction.
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ryansmom03
Corona, CA164 contributions
So you can pay to come in and walk around on your own, however, having a guide going through there is highly recommended. You would never know the history without that guide and we learned so much. He was able to do it in English which was so informative. The history of the grounds are incredible!!
Written November 19, 2021
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Let's be honest, you don't want a retelling of the site's history. You want practical information, that's what I'm going to give you here.
Let's start with the obvious, the cost: 40 Q to enter, if you want a guide it'll cost you anywhere from 100 to 150 Q depending on your "negotiation skills." Guides ask for 150Q straight up, I paid 110. There is a bit of walking as the tour lasts up to an hour but there are lots of shady places and you shouldn't feel tired. There are serviceable bathrooms on the property, close to the main cloister, which is a real plus.
The convent itself has been largely restored and is the jewel of all the abandoned churches of Antigua. If you visit just one, visit this one, and get that guide. It makes the difference, it really does. make sure they take you to the downstairs acoustic chamber, it is unbelievable! Highly recommended.
Written April 13, 2021
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,316 contributions
Solo
An earthquake from a bygone century essentially destroyed much of this convent. It's worth seeing, though, because of its historical value. Best toured with a guide. I got one. He wanted way too much money for what turned out to be a tour of an hour. We bargained, in Spanish, for his fee. "Su ultimo," we would each ask the other, meaning your final price. We then toured, speaking in Spanish. There are guides available who speak English. Worth a visit, but get a guide.
Written July 7, 2021
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murali8121
Kochi (Cochin), India790 contributions
Couples
The Capuchinas convent was constructed in 1736 but like many other structures in antigua, this was also got damaged in two quakes in 1751 and 1773. This was abandoned in 1773 under orders from the then Captain General. Later on two more earthquakes in 1917 and 1976 added to the damage. Now it can be visited from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm any day. There is an admission fee of 40 quetzals.
Written February 6, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,619 contributions
The first Capuchin nuns came from Madrid and the construction of the "Iglesia y Convento de las Capuchinas" in Antigua started in 1731. It was consecrated in 1736 and abandoned after the terrible earthquakes of 1773, known as the "Terremotos de Santa Marta". The ruins are still there and the "Iglesia y Convento de las Capuchinas" was appointed as a "Monumento Nacional de Guatemala". It is certainly one of the most visited attractions in Antigua and, not surprisingly, a very popular wedding venue. It was partially renovated and some scenographic rooms bring a hint of how hard was the life of the cloistered nuns in the 18th century. Visit the church, cloisters, central fountain, gardens, nun's tower and cells. Unmissable at any visit to Antigua! Enjoy!
Written August 19, 2020
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5,139 contributions
Couples
As part of our Blue Planet tour we visited Capuchinas Convent. It was very interesting to hear how pregnant girls were brought here and also how girls became nuns if they were the youngest daughter, etc. Certainly a different day! Even though the convent is essentially ruins it is very interesting to see where they lived, prayed, cooked, meditated, etc. The museum has some wonderful artifacts that have been restored. Highly recommend!
Written March 5, 2020
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verdantheart
47 contributions
It has been several years since I had toured these ruins. The only guide is the map in the first room, so study it carefully! Lovely photo opts. Do not miss the round room beneath the Nun's tower: sing quietly and be rewarded --the acoustics are incredible! Second floor art display is new and very nice, as well.
Written January 27, 2020
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Saranger
Los Angeles, CA9,171 contributions
The most interesting thing about this is the circular tower that contained cells for nuns. Really interesting architecture. The gardens are lovely and very peaceful. I appreciate how they continue to preserve this.
Written August 18, 2019
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Jane L
Atlanta, GA14 contributions
Friends
The guide books highlight this convent as a place where the nuns lived in tremendous austerity, so we paid the 40Q entry fee hoping to get a feel for what that life was like. Inside, about half the complex has been converted to bureaucratic offices and the museum space upstairs is devoted to church history generally -- you can find portraits of saints anywhere. It's a shame to miss the chance to give insight into the lives of these women.
Written July 27, 2015
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tresmantanas
Denver, CO21 contributions
Family
Very interesting history and ruins. Location is pretty central to Antigua, like many other ruins. The entry fee is very very reasonable and good value.
Written January 7, 2015
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