El Carmen Cultural Center, San Cristobal de las Casas

  • CATEGORY: Cultural Centers
  • PHONES: (01967) 6782 349


The foundation of the Immaculate Conception convent in Ciudad Real was promoted by the people of the area who sent a request to the king saying that there were 236 noble maidens, daughters of discoverers and poor inhabitants, that to preserve their virtue wanted to have a secluded life.
The Convent of the Incarnation, the only convent for nuns in Ciudad Real, was built in 1597 and there was taught the art of femininity of the time. Philip II authorized the construction with the Royal bond of November 30, 1595.
To the difficulties during its construction—lack of work force and resources—were added the damages due to flooding and earthquakes; it was retaken between 1753 and 1766. In 1869 were established a hospital, a retirement home, a girl school, arts and crafts workshops, the Institute of Sciences and Arts, a headquarter and a Masonic temple. When the nuns left, the cult to the mystery of incarnation finished and prevailed to give way to worship Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The Convent of the Incarnation, today House of Culture, was remodeled in 1980. The cloister is located in an annex of the temple. The façade is sober and the interior preserves its original architecture. The bell tower, El Carmen tower, is a distinctive symbol of the city.


Hermanos Domínguez s/n, esquina con Avenida Hidalgo, Col. San Cristóbal de las Casas Centro, C.P. 29200, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas


From Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
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Workshops | Lavatories | Clases


Maestro Rudy Amin Maza Suárez
Tel. (01967) 6782 349