Fodor's Expert Review Ex-Convento de San Gabriel

Cholula Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This impressive, huge, former convent includes a trio of churches. The most unusual is the Moorish-style Capilla Real, with 49 domes. Construction began in the 1540s, and the building was originally open on one side to facilitate the conversion of huge masses of people. A handful of Franciscan monks still live in one part of the premises, so be respectful of their privacy. La Biblioteca Franciscana (open weekdays 9 to 5) is a fascinating on-premises library of over 24,000 volumes from the 16th through 19th centuries, with occasional exhibitions.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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2 Norte s/n
Cholula, Puebla  72760, Mexico

222-261–395-library phone

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Rate Includes: Daily 7–7

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