This museum is housed in a convent that dates from the year 1600. Inside, you will find an excellent collection of colonial art and a courtyard that offers an incredible bird's-eye view of Sucre. Plus, you'll get a glimpse of what it must have been like to live and work here in the 17th century. For example, you can visit a re-created priest's room, very basic accommodations with only one blanket and a whip (used for self-flagellation). The Courtyard of the Orange Trees is the most impressive part of the museum, featuring an orange tree that is said to be more than 1,000 years old. Before the Spanish arrived, the indigenous people used this tree as a totem pole. The museum also houses works by colonial painter Melchor Pérez de Holguín, pieces from the Cusqueña school, and an interesting painting of Jesus with an exaggerated flagellation scene, said to justify all the abuse being committed at that time. As you walk around the museum, you may notice that the walls are crooked. This is intentional -- it protects the building from the destructive powers of earthquakes. It'll take you an hour to visit the museum and spend a little time enjoying the beautiful courtyard.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010
- Polano 162
- Right in front of Plaza Anzures
- Mon-Fri 9:30-11:30am and 2:30-4:30pm; Sat 3-4:30pm
- No Sweat
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