History of Santa Clara Convent in Antigua, Guatemala

You are about to enter the Convent of Santa Clara. The complex is enormous, covering an entire city block. Here is a bit of history. In 1699, five nuns and a novice from the Order of Saint Clare were invited to the city from Puebla de los Angeles in Mexico. Sixteen years were required before their convent and church were finished. They remained standing for two years before an earthquake reduced them to rubble. Replacements were completed in 1734. Tragically, almost everything succumbed to the 1773 tremors. The nuns abandoned the property and moved to Guatemala City in 1776. 200 years later, the complex was further damaged by another earthquake. Although the structures have been stabilized and some are being refurbished, most are relics of their former glory.

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12, 2a Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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