In the colonial city of Valladolid you have the opportunity to visit the second largest convent of the Yucatan Peninsula, the convent of San Bernardino de Siena. We continue learning about History through stones.

San Bernardino of Siena It was a convent of the powerful order of the Franciscans. Three religious orders arrived at the Yucatan Peninsula at the time of the Spanish conquest, the Franciscans They were the first to disembark at 1544.

This religious order was the most active in the evangelization of the Maya. Their churches were open centers of culture and evangelization where the Maya went to be indoctrinated. Many preferred to be on missions not working for encomenderos and authorities, who abused them in slave labor. So to speak, religion was a lesser evil in those times.

El religious syncretism of the Mayan peoples that we currently live derives from this era and it is fascinating how they mix the different beliefs of the ancient gods with Catholicism.

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San Antonio de Pádua convent. Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico,
Convent of San Antonio de Padua s.XVI, the largest in Yucatan

Convent of San Bernardino de Siena

San Bernardino de Siena is one of the oldest founded temples in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is the second largest after the Convent of San Antonio de Padua de Izamal, also a Franciscan.

The works of construction de San Bernardino of Siena They start in 1552. On the main door the shield of the Franciscan order is sculpted with the Roman numeral MDLX, 1560, the year the temple is concluded. That is the date when they are blessed and their doors open to the community.

The construction works of the church, the convent, the cloister and the waterwheel conclude in 1613, as it is marked in an inscription in the ruins of the ferris wheel's garden. This ferris wheel was made on the cenote Sis Ha to go down to collect the waters to the underworld of the convent. It was used to extract water for daily use and to irrigate the large and fruitful garden. It is one of the largest ferris wheels in the region, along with the one you can see in the town of Mama, on the Route of the Convents.

Details arches, Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico.

The strong nave of the convent of San Bernardino de Siena of 45.17 meters long and 10.50 meters wide, it is built of masonry forming thick walls. This ship is divided into three parts: choir, central body and presbytery. On the right side entrances to the baptistery, San Antonio chapel and courtyard; in the left the doors that communicate with the former convent and sacristy.

Convent of San Bernardino de Siena Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico.

It is not a busy place so it is easy to walk in the absolute silence between its thick walls and feel the quietness of the place. Inside the convent there is a small museum with several of the objects found in the cenote and the history of the construction of the temple.

Visit San Bernardino of Siena It is interesting to approach an important part of the history of colonization and evangelization of this Mayan territory.

San Bernardino convent of Siena Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico.
Sisal convent, Yucatan, Mexico.
Christian cross. Sisal Valladolid Church, Yucatan, Mexico.

The convent of San Bernardino de Sisal It is also known as the church of Sisal, referring to the name of this neighborhood of Valladolid. From the main square there is a nice walk that runs along the Calzada de los Frailes, of the most beautiful streets of Valladolid.

Here several shops and restaurants proliferate to the taste of the traveler. In the nice San Bernardino Convent Square there are restaurants like Yerbabuena del Sisal It's well worth a stop on your way.

Streets of Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico.
Calzada de los Frailes

Show lights and sound convent Valladolid. Videomapping

Valladolid is a city with many cultural activities, it's not Merida, but I prefer it. Since the year 2015 in the San Bernardino convent of Siena they make a show lights and sounds. The show is projected on the facade of the convent and tells for half an hour the history of the city of Valladolid and its emblematic sites.

It is curious how light and sound shows like in the Yucatan Peninsula, in places like Chichen Itza, Edzna, Uxmal, Izamal you can see them.

Audiovisual projection on facades of the convent of San Bernardino, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico.

The show makes you the night in Valladolid, you buy an ice cream and savor the city to your liking. Valladolid is a very comfortable city to stay a few days, it is a good base to know the surroundings.

Take advantage of the activities of the city, walk its streets and visit interesting spaces such as the House of the Deer, San Roque Museum, the church of San Servacio, Zací cenote, Municipal Palace or the convent of San Bernardino de Siena.

Enjoy Valladolid and do not miss the visit to the convent of San Bernardino de Siena.

Convents of San Bernardino de Siena in Valladolid, towns

LOCATION: the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena is located at the end of the Calzada de los Frailes. Neighborhood of Sisal, Valladolid. From the main square you take the 41 street to the Los Frailes road, a few minutes walking.
HOURS AND PRICE: from 8 to 18 daily hours. They charge over 30 pesos.
SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW: from Tuesday to Friday at 20 hours. Saturday of 18: 30 hours. The show is free.

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