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“16th century convent worth a visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Convent de San Bernardino de Siena

Convent de San Bernardino de Siena
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Chichen Itza and Valladolid Private Tour
Ranked #5 of 31 things to do in Valladolid
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: One of the most important Franciscan edifices in the New World. The Convent of San Bernardino de Siena is a silent sentinel to the history of the early days of the Spanish conquest and the Christianization of the Maya region. Visit the museographic salon to learn more about the secrets of the "Cenote Sis Ha" located under the gardens; admire the sixteenth century wall frescos and sacred art around the many chapels.  If you visit Valladolid during May come and enjoy the yearly Art and Music Festival incorporating some of the oldest traditional festivities of Yucatan. Featuring musical concerts, art exhibits, theatrical representations and lectures on art, architecture, history and more.Please be aware that the Convent is one of the most important places of Catholic worship and proper attire is requested. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.
Salt Lake City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“16th century convent worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

entrance is 30 pesos, about $2.50, per person; we were not aware of any guided or self-guided 'tour', but certainly appreciated the ambiance and history of the site. Archeologists work on the third floor studying and classifying artifacts. wander around the garden and to the cenote which provided water for the convent, too. Chapel is awesome.

Visited December 2013
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“Worth the Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

Its a bit out of town from the main square but well worth the walk and interesting shops/places along the way. A beautiful old structure inside and out. A modest entry fee is charged. You will need about an hour to explore the building and grounds. The church is being restored. A nice find.

Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Impressive site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

We visited during the low season, so there was not a lot going on. Unless you count the conservation work that was happening on the grounds. We were able approach the young people working on the frescoes and altars and chat with them about the process. A nice behind-the-scenes peek. Other than that, the really striking thing about this place was the austerity of it. It was built in the mid-1500s, and its fort-like demeanor gives an idea of the still-beligerent relations between the Spaniards and Mayans. Very different from the ornate churches of 200 years later in Central Mexico--where and when the conquest was an established fact.

Visited September 2013
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Cancun, Mexico
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“Beautiful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

In this place you will understand the culture on the south side of mexico. Beatiful, full of history and mistery. The main square and the inside of this church makes you feel on a very special place. Visit the cenote inside the building and take a look on the rescued objects from the bottom.

Visited August 2013
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Kimberley, Canada
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“Nice place - but not much there”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

There was no one around so we just wandered around. Basically an old church - not super impressive. There is a lot of history though.

Visited January 2013
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