The Iglesia y Convento de las Capuchinas is a notable convent and church in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala. It is one of the finest examples of an 18th-century convent in Guatemala. It was consecrated in 1736 but like the rest of the city suffered damage during the 1751 and 1773 earthquakes respectively, and was abandoned by order of the Captain General at the time.
The building complex, originally called "Convento e Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza" -Convent and Church of Our Lady of Zaragoza-, was approved by king Felipe V in 1725 just when the Order of Capuchins arrived to Santiago de los Caballeros. Construction started on 1731 and was blessed on 1736 under Diego de Porres supervision; in fact, it was the last convent to be built in the city, and the first one that stopped asking for a donation to the new nuns, allowing then poor ladies to embrace religious life.
Storm Stevenson | Nov 1, 2017
Wish it was open looks like they were doing work
David Amilcar Lopez | Jul 13, 2017
Very unique place with a lot of history and traditions
Rich Polanco | Jul 23, 2016
One of the prized ruins in town. Restoration still ongoing. Come see the circular tower for nuns, one of the first apartment buildings in the Americas. Beautiful, quiet garden area. Kids love climbing all over the place.
Luis Manuel Vasquez Roma | Dec 24, 2016
Beautiful place to visit, its a combination of ruins & history there
Sofia Maradiaga | Oct 15, 2016
One of the iconic sights in Antigua, Convento Capuchinas makes for an enlightening visit for those who wish to get a glimpse of what life must have been like in a colonial convent. The place is properly restored in some areas to exemplify this modus vivendi, while other areas keep that splendour that only buildings that have seen centuries slip by possess.
Arturo Pedro Juan | Mar 11, 2018
Beautiful place. If you haven't been here yet, I highly recommend it. Have fun!
Melissa Kane | Sep 4, 2016
I would have never guessed from the outside how beautiful these ruins are. It was fascinating to walk through and imagine what it must have been like to live there as a nun.
Tara Cormican | Jun 29, 2018
This was one of the coolest historical sites I have been to! The beautiful old structure, the history, the age, the restoration, and the greatness of each space made this a landmark I will always recommend! A few tips: - Be sure your camera is charged! - Don't hire a guide, or at least know that they will possibly try to up-charge. - And if you are a singer, sing the first line of "Ave Maria" from the balcony in the cathedral/sanctuary building, (it is heavenly)!
David Marcillo | Jul 27, 2018
Fantastic place to relax and enjoy nature
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