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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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Interesting history

The convent is more interesting for its history than the architecture, since it suffered the ravages of time and neglect, but is worth the walk from the town square.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The convent is more interesting for its history than the architecture, since it suffered the ravages of time and neglect, but is worth the walk from the town square.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went twice there. First time in the afternoon time and had a very pleasant conversation with the priest there. Second time was during night light show and it was superb. We were surprised to see so many local people with kids peacefully enjoying the park nearby. Must see when you are in Valladolid.

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Thank Genych
Galveston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can visit the Church for free and on the side there's an access to the Convent. It's old and a little decrepit but very interesting. You'll see a small museum with objects they found inside the cenote years ago. We enjoyed it.

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Thank Priscilla N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From wednesday until sunday there is a light show at 9pm in spanish and at 9:15/20 in english about the history of yucatan, the mayan culture and Valladolid. It is simply amazing.

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Thank Jule B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Short stroll from the town centre to this very colourful and clever show which covers key aspects of local history on the wall of the old convent. We saw the English version which started at 9.20pm, not 9.30pm as advised so go early! Well worth it and its only 20 mins long.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank kartikmexico
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 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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Thank Maximilian H
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

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 8 April 2017 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 5 April 2017

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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