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Tepoztlán's Former Convent

Tepoztlán

Known as the Former Convent of the Nativity (Exconvento de la Natividad), this building is emblematic of Tepoztlán and the state of Morelos as a whole. It's an indispensable stop on the Convent Route, a World Heritage Site that includes other destinations, such as Oaxtepec, Yecapixtla, and the Pueblo Mágico of Tlayacapan.

The former convent was built by the Dominican Order in the mid-sixteen century, with the help of indigenous tepoztecos. It's walls were built out of hand-carved stone and held together with limescale, sand, and vegetable-based mortar. Although its external decor may seem simple, the main entrance is dedicated to the Virgen Del Rosario and decorated with saints, angels, and cherubs, as well as with the Dominican crest and the dog carrying a flaming torch that represents the Dominican Order.

Five century-old murals in reddish tones, depicting the Virgin Mary, decorate its interior. You can tour the cloister, the central patio - perfumed by orange blossoms-, and the barrel-vaulted hallways.

The top floor boasts a five-room museum featuring Tepoztlán's history and traditional customs. It also houses a research facility, a library, a photographic library, and a viewing platform overlooking the Tepozteco.

The Exconvento de la Natividad is located on Ignacio Zaragoza Street, in Tepoztlán's town square.

Known as the Former Convent of the Nativity (Exconvento de la Natividad), this building is emblematic of Tepoztlán and the state of Morelos as a whole. It's an indispensable stop on the Convent Route, a World Heritage Site that includes other destinations, such as Oaxtepec, Yecapixtla, and the Pueblo Mágico of Tlayacapan.

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The former convent was built by the Dominican Order in the mid-sixteen century, with the help of indigenous tepoztecos. It's walls were built out of hand-carved stone and held together with limescale, sand, and vegetable-based mortar. Although its external decor may seem simple, the main entrance is dedicated to the Virgen Del Rosario and decorated with saints, angels, and cherubs, as well as with the Dominican crest and the dog carrying a flaming torch that represents the Dominican Order.

Five century-old murals in reddish tones, depicting the Virgin Mary, decorate its interior. You can tour the cloister, the central patio - perfumed by orange blossoms-, and the barrel-vaulted hallways.

The top floor boasts a five-room museum featuring Tepoztlán's history and traditional customs. It also houses a research facility, a library, a photographic library, and a viewing platform overlooking the Tepozteco.

The Exconvento de la Natividad is located on Ignacio Zaragoza Street, in Tepoztlán's town square.

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