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St. Anthony of Padua Convent

Izamal

This Franciscan colonial building stands out for having been built not only on top of the ruins of the Centro Ceremonial P’a’ap’ Jool Cháak (P’a’ap ’Jool Cháak Ceremonial Center), known as “La Casa de los Rayos” (The House of Lightning), but for being made with the same stones from the Mayan site. A daring act of amalgamating, which today is intriguing for travelers and fascinating for those architecture passionate.

One fact deserving to be highlighted is that the site has one of the world’s largest closed atriums, surpassed only by another quite-famous European Catholic Church headquarters. Do you guess? Exactly—Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica. If you were wondering why this site bears the name of Convent without ex prefix, like many others today, it’s because it continues to function so.

Inside, you’ll have the opportunity to visit its Museo Itzmal Kauil (Itzmal Kauil Museum), or “Santo Lugar del Brujo del Agua” (Holy place of the water warlock), in Mayan. There, you’ll find old and more recent the Ciudad Amarilla (Yellow City) photos, archaeological findings, colonial objects, some paintings and images of a nineties Pope John Paul II visit.
This Franciscan colonial building stands out for having been built not only on top of the ruins of the Centro Ceremonial P’a’ap’ Jool Cháak (P’a’ap ’Jool Cháak Ceremonial Center), known as “La Casa de los Rayos” (The House of Lightning), but for being made with the same stones from the Mayan site. A daring act of amalgamating, which today is intriguing for travelers and fascinating for those architecture passionate.

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One fact deserving to be highlighted is that the site has one of the world’s largest closed atriums, surpassed only by another quite-famous European Catholic Church headquarters. Do you guess? Exactly—Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica. If you were wondering why this site bears the name of Convent without ex prefix, like many others today, it’s because it continues to function so.

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