Convent de San Bernardino de Siena

Convent de San Bernardino de Siena

Convent de San Bernardino de Siena
4.5
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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SiberianEmo
Omsk, Russia548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Valladolid nestled in between Tulum and Merida and (at least in my prior perception) is somewhat overlooked town in the Yucatan Peninsula. ( Its Spanish counterpart does seem to take more spotlight). I only chose to stay here to use it as a base point to travel to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Was I wrong. Valladolid is magical place; quaint place, yet place simultaneously bustling with excitement.
Roughly a 1.5 km from its Central Plaza lies Covent de San Bernardino de Siena. The convent was constructed in the 16th century. It features the church, the convent museum, and outside area containing a cenote used by monks as a water source. While the museum is interesting, the most impressive part was a night-time lightshow projecting on the convent.
The light show starts at 9 pm for a Spanish version and 9.25/9.30 for an English version. (To my understanding, there is no showing on Monday nights). While at times it is hard to keep up, the show itself is an amazing experience that immerses you into the culture of this town.
Convent is situated at the end of the Calle de Los Frailes, which is bustling with shops and cafes. Plaza around convent provides opportunity for photos and relaxation.
Written 18 January 2024
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Michelle C
Palo Alto, CA296 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The convent and light show are closed on a Monday. We watched the light show on Sunday evening (9pm in Spanish, 9:20-ish in English). It gives a very brief history of Valladolid, a bit too forgiving of the conquistadors. But the images are quite cool. Sit on the lawn or the steps and walk outside the convent front. There was quite a big crowd. We were not able to go into the convent itself on this visit. There is a nearby large letter sign of Valladolid’s name for proper touristy photos.
Written 30 October 2023
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Melvin Udall
Pasadena, CA135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My wife, along with two other friends, visited the convent of San Bernardino de Siena in Valladolid, Merida. Great place to visit if you like history. We paid about $7.00 (U.S.) per person to go into the monastery and the Julio, our guide, gave us an amazing history of this site and the city. Julio was extremely knowledgeable. We got to see a Cenote that is directly below the monastery but not open to the public because it’s filled with firearms left behind from the Yucatán Caste War. We also had access to the church, which was amazing. This entire place was worth visiting. A piece of history in the middle of a colonial town with great people. We tipped our guide $10 because I enjoyed his knowledge and passion.
Written 28 June 2023
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Kiwislayer
Tamarindo, Costa Rica13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
A nice place to visit (especially at night with a light and sound show) in the center of Valladolid.
If you are lucky you can find some indian show at night too.
Written 19 October 2022
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moira0606
Cardiff, UK346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Spent just over an hour and really enjoyed the experience. Really worth a visit. Nice walk from center of Valladolid and we went early which worked out great
Written 13 October 2022
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Lonestar469
Dallas, TX138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Nice and inexpensive stop $2 per person. Well worth it, very large compound if you like history it's a must. Located in very interesting colonial town where you can find a a lot things to do like cenotes, restaurants with Yucatán quisine and nice streets. I went on a Monday June 2022 have been there before. Covenant CLOSED ON MONDAYS.
Written 28 June 2022
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David S
Hudson, NH697 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The evening show is worth the money you spend (it's free.) I suppose it's a good thing to do between dining and a bar. It is very pleasant to sit outside. At the end, there are dancers and drummers looking for tips from the crowd. The museum tour is not that exciting but it's nice to explore the grounds and the rooms. It wasn't that expensive and is a good way to fill your time.
Written 16 April 2022
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loveisla
loveisla184 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
The church is closed. You can’t go in and take pictures of the altar. I paid $40 Mp to go into the museum and you can go above and take pictures in the second floor balcony but it’s very dark and you cannot see any of the historical sculptures over the altar. It’s very disappointing. You can go into the outbuildings where the opening of the cenote is. The museum is very interesting but not being able to go into the church itself is ridiculous. They said it was because of Covid but it’s not because the Yucatán is in green which means restrictions are lifted. Maybe I should have tried a bribe!
Written 29 March 2022
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Dennis
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We paid to go inside and took lots of photos, we enjoy architecture and history so we enjoyed exploring. Outside garden and wheel house over a cenote.that was used for fresh water in the past.
Some evenings at 9 pm the is a light and sound show projected onto the outside walls. 9 pm Spanish 9:30 in English. Interesting and educational..
Written 16 March 2022
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,864 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Tourist trap. First, take in consideration that in the mexican caribbean, they are constantly increasing pricees. We saw 30 pesos on internet and then it was 40 pesos.
The place has nothing to offer and is very neglected. Also, you can not see the cenote that in theory, is inside.
Written 2 December 2021
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