Capuchinas © John Pavelka
The ruins of the biggest and most remarkable of Antigua's
convents, Las Capuchinas, are the best preserved and most beautiful
in the city. The convent was founded in 1736 by Spanish nuns and is
now a museum dedicated to religious life in colonial times.
The nuns who lived here were not allowed any contact with the outside world. Their tiny cells can be found in the walls of the round tower, which has good views from the top. There are also fountains, gardens and several lovely courtyards within the compound.