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Convent de San Bernardino de Siena

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Address: Calle 49 # 238 | Barrio de Sisal, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
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+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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Very interesting huge convent. There is not too much to see inside besides the building itself. The building is impressive with its more than 4 ft width walls. The church is also... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting huge convent. There is not too much to see inside besides the building itself. The building is impressive with its more than 4 ft width walls. The church is also very nice and interesting.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I admit we didn't enter the Convento, but the show they offer almost every night is a wonderful experience! I quote: From Wednesday to Sunday the video mapping show for national and foreign tourists is presented on the facade of the former convent of San Bernardino de Siena in the Sisal neighborhood of Valladolid. "Nights of the heroic Valladolid", is... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in 1552, the San Bernadino Convent was interesting to visit, but was somewhat disappointing as there was not that much of the original buildings left intact - eg. the old watermill has been replaced with a modern hydraulic pump, although the ediface itself was intact. There was a small exhibition /museum of the objects found in the cenote supplying... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did go inside which was interesting but not sure it was worth the 80 pesos we paid. The light show in the evening was awesome!! For the Spanish narrated for the light show go at 9:00pm for the English narrated light show go at 9:30. Really worth a look and it's free!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a big old colonial monastery built over a cenote and it is interesting. More importantly today, it was a cool refuge from a very hot day. The carvings above the altar are interesting. Be sure to read the explanations out in the hallway. Also enjoyed all the wildfowl out and around the waterwheel in the old orchard.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was a little street fair going on when we stopped by and that was a bonus. The convent itself is very interesting to wander through and picturesque. It is definitely worth a 20-30 minute visit on your way back through from Chichen Itza or while you are staying in Valladolid. Honestly, though, the churros and smoked meats from the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped at the convent while touring around Valladolid for a morning (we were staying in Tulum, but went to Valladolid on our way to Chichen Itza). It was a very interesting stop! The ex-convent and church was built by Franciscan missionaries between 1552 and 1560, and it's incredibly beautiful. They're restoring it bit by bit, and the colors inside... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built in the 1500s in the middle of the jungle, it is incredible to think about. We walked it from our hotel and enjoyed the 15 minutes it took to get there. There is a nice restaurant bar just before you reach the convent and we stopped there for a cold drink in the shade before going inside. Highly recommend... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a bit of spare time in Valladolid so popped in here and was very pleasantly surprised and ended up staying and looking around for much longer than I had expected to. There was a really interesting exhibition with information in Spanish and English showing how excavations had taken place and all the things that were found in a... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss the amazing light show. It tells the history of Valladolid. It promptly started at 9 pm for the Spanish show and 9:20 for English. It was truly impressive. Best of all, it was free!

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