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Ex-Convento de San Gabriel

  • 2 Norte s/n Map It
  • Cholula
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 01/25/2016

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


2 Norte s/n, east of Cholula zócalo, Cholula, Puebla, 72760, Mexico

Map It


222-261–395-library phone

Sight Details:

  • Daily 7–7

Published 01/25/2016


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