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“Beautiful Old Building”

Convent de San Bernardino de Siena
Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Progreso, Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful Old Building”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

This is a beautiful old building to walk around and look at.

An opportunity is being missed at this site to have a knowledgeable person on staff to do tours and share the historic information of this building.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in the city.

There is also a lovely restaurant / bar beside the back parking lot where we stopped for a drink afterwards.

Visited January 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Beautiful historical church and friary from 1552.”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Wonderful to see this really old church and friary. Special visit. Make sure you walk around, check out the courtyard and the gardens and the water wheel.

Visited January 2014
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Salt Lake City
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“16th century convent worth a visit”
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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Roxbury, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Worth the Walk”
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”
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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