Detail of Santa Clara Convent Church in Antigua, Guatemala

The church in Santa Clara Convent is an empty shell beneath three elliptical vaults. The remaining walls outline the former nave. Yet the three-tier façade is magnificent. The carved stucco on the pilasters resembles lace. The angel statues are, well, angelic. Often overlooked are the double eagles and crown relief next to the octagonal window. This was the coat of arms of Charles I. He was the King of the Spanish Empire when this city became the capital of Captaincy General in 1543. This is the only church in Antigua surrounded by a wall. The temple was initially intended for the exclusive use by the cloistered Poor Clare nuns.

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12, 2a Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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