Convento de Santa Clara is a former convent located in Antigua Guatemala. It was established in the 17th century by the Order of St. Clare, also known as the Poor Clares, a religious order of women founded by St. Clare of Assisi in Italy. The convent was originally built as a cloister for the nuns and was one of the largest and most important in the region.
Today, the convent is open to the public as a museum and cultural center. Visitors can explore the convent’s various rooms and exhibits, which showcase the art and artifacts of the convent and the region’s colonial history. The convent also features a beautiful courtyard and garden, which is a popular spot for photography and relaxation.
One of the most impressive features of the convent is the choir loft, which houses a remarkable collection of antique paintings and sculptures. Another highlight is the convent’s crypt, which contains the remains of the nuns who lived and worked at the convent over the centuries.
The convent is open to visitors daily, with admission fees varying depending on whether visitors are Guatemalan citizens or foreign tourists. Guided tours of the convent are also available, offering visitors a more in-depth look at the convent’s history and significance.