Fodor's Expert Review Ex-Convento y Iglesia San Bernadino

Valladolid Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Five long blocks away from the main plaza is the 16th-century, terra-cotta Ex-Convento y Iglesia San Bernadino, a Franciscan church and former monastery. The church was actually built over Cenote Sis-Há, which served as a clean water source for the monks. You can view the cenote through a grate in the well-house where much of the original stone still remains. If the priest is around, ask him to show you the 16th-century frescoes, protected behind curtains near the altarpiece. The lack of proportion in the human figures shows the initial clumsiness of indigenous artisans in reproducing the Christian saints.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Calle 41A
Valladolid, Yucatán  97780, Mexico