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Convento de Cuilapam

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Address: Cuilapam de Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Imposing and impressive

i visited this complex yesterday. It is a very imposing and impressive complex in an otherwise bland city. As in most Mexican towns, the churches are the highlights and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i visited this complex yesterday. It is a very imposing and impressive complex in an otherwise bland city. As in most Mexican towns, the churches are the highlights and the beneficiaries of support from their communities. The architecture of this complex is quite beautiful on the outside and one can feel it's historic significance and marvel at the Roman and... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We visited mid to late afternoon which was perfect for pics. Be certain to have or find a tour guide that knows the history. Significant cultural place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Took regular bus down to the Wednesday market in Zaachila (enormous and fascinating), and then we hopped another bus to Cuilapam. There is an ancient unfinished convent there - interesting from the outside but be sure to pay to back into the museum! (A friend who went on a tour said their guide sajd it wasn't worth seeing. I strongly... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

A perfect trip from Oaxaca to the former abbey of Cuilapam de Guerrero. The ex-convent is elegant and very interesting although it was never finished due to decision of Conquistador Cortez. On the entrance gate you can see the symbol of the Order of Dominicans, who started to built with the monastery in 16th century. The complex is really worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Few people go, which automatically makes Cuilapam desireable. All I can say is JUST GO and wander around. Imagine some baroque music in the background and the elegance of the old architicture.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

A magical place.. lost in time.. unfinished work of art.. historical place left his traces.. don't miss to visit it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

In the central valley of Oaxaca you will find Cuiliapam. There you will find one building with impressive dimensions which was start to built in the 16th century but it was never finished. The temple possess one facade plateresque, has basal plant 3 church ships, which are separated by arcades which should take the roof of the church. The bows... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Take a taxi to Cuilápam, the pueblo nearest the ex-convento, or (better yet) rent a bicycle and ride out. Take the tour inside and read the plaques outside--interesting history.

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

A very nice place to visit, take your camera, you might need it. It is not that far from Oaxaca City. Pope John Paul II made a visit to this place. They also have a small church and a museum ... Enjoy !!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

The ruins of the ex-convento de Cuilapam are stunning and far exceeded our expectations. It is best to go in the early morning or late afternoon, especially if you are a photographer. If you have the time in Oaxaca, you do not want to miss this specatular location.

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