Convento Santa Clara, Antigua

#6 of 14 in Historic Sites in Antigua
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Visit the historical Convento Santa Clara, a tourist site displaying the remains of an elaborate convent complex that once housed over 50 nuns. Originally founded in 1699, the convent suffered irreparable damage in a 1773 earthquake. Since its abandonment, the site has been moderately restored to exhibit its stone archways, church halls, and garden courtyards. Take a stroll among the colorful flowers and trickling water fountains, followed by a picnic on the grass. Keep an eye out for hidden passages and underground rooms. PutConvento Santa Clara into our Antigua tour itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Started in 1700 with just five nuns the structure was destroyed in an earthquake in 1717 when those who lived there had to move out. It was repaired by 1734 but again two earthquakes in 1774 and 1874....  more »
  • Buy a drink, take a picnic and relax and enjoy the beautiful settings inside this convent. I sat in the garden by the old bread oven with others enjoying the beautiful place.  more »
  • I love these ruins. Clean, beautifully green with rose garden and a quiet place to contemplate life away from the hectic streets. I spent a couple of hours photographing the ruins and just soaking up the atmosphere, it was amazing. It provided a feeling of peace and tranquility and definitely worth the visit.
  • Beautiful ruins but upset that the tour guide ripped me off. Don’t pay 300q for 30mins like I did

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