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Convent de San Bernardino de Siena

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Address: Calle 49 # 238 | Barrio de Sisal, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Phone Number:
+52 985 856 2160
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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One of the most important Franciscan edifices in the New World. The Convent...

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.

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Something to do and see historic site. Light show Wednesday to Sunday. There is a playground near by for young kids. Great restaurant next to the park.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Something to do and see historic site. Light show Wednesday to Sunday. There is a playground near by for young kids. Great restaurant next to the park.

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Boulder City, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We toured the convent and found it rather beautiful, a bit austere and historically fascinating. I kept thinking about how the Christians came to this area at that time and changed things so dramatically. The convent dates from the 1550's and anything that old has interest and significance. The church and altar are beautiful to see.

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Brockville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from the centre of town and found the Convent easily and it was well worth it. We spent about 2 hours and enjoyed walking the gardens in the back, they have a small museum with English and Mexican captions and then the church. The entry cost is very reasonable. I noticed, although we were there during daylight, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice church at the end of the street of the Friars. Well worth the walk from the centre. The street has been redone and some of the houses are beautiful.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This convent is well worth a good look around for a special view into Yucatán history. The museum had a good photography display of the archaeological exploration of the ancient site and cenote.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My rough memory is that we paid about 30 pesos per person. The very low cost is a plus, because your visit will probably last less than 20 minutes. It's a very interesting building, but some of the rooms are empty. The part I found most interesting was the small museum part near the northeast corner that described the historically-significant... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A 15-minute walk from the centre of Valladolid the Convent de San Bernadino de Siena offers a wonderful glimpse of the past. The building was started in the 16th century. The thick walls are painted pink in places, and contrast beautifully with the grey of the natural stone. The church inside the convent is beautifully decorated. Outside in the gardens... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a peaceful spot to visit and see the cenote and waterwheel infrastructure from the late 1500s. If you come here you'll enjoy this charming spot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoy the Spanish Colonial culture and this is a good example of it as this site was first stablished in the mid-1500's. I'd recommend "hiring" a guide to take you around otherwise it'd be easy to miss out on important facts. Expect to spend at least 2 hours here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ask around and find out if there light show if on when you're there. Around 9pm they light up the building with a visual light show (first in Spanish, then in English). Only about a 5-10 minute show - but amazing to sit there and listen to the history. Great for all ages!

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