The Sunday Chronicle: Convento Sisal in Valladolid, Mexico


We were introduced to the Convento Sisal, the former convent of San Bernardino de Siena, located in the Sisal neighborhood of Valladolid, by a driver we hired for the day out of Cancun.  We have found that this is the best way to see places on our own timeframe, and have places like this that are off the general tour routes, pointed out to us. Without our driver we never would have known about this wonderful place.


The convent, or monastery, was begun in 1552, and completed in 1560, built by the Franciscans (I’m sure not really by the Franciscans, but by the Maya that lived in this region when the Spaniards arrived).




There were multiple levels of the convent that we were not able to see, but we could hear a choir singing from somewhere that really added to this experience



The church of the convent was reflective of the churches of past times seen throughout Mexico, and is in the process of some restoration. We saw a couple of people working on a fresco, and as we wound our way back through, they had cleaned up the area for the day


The property consists of the church, a small chapel, atrium, and gardens



The Cenote Sis Ha is found here in the gardens, and was the site of the second largest water wheel in the Yucatan that had an incredible hydraulic system. The wheel itself is gone and the cenote covered as can partially be seen in my photo here taken inside the building around the cenote.


There is also a small museum devoted to some of the artifacts of the convent



The convent is in Valladolid in the Yucatan near the Maya ruins of Ek Balam that we saw earlier in the day.  Ek Balam will be next up in our travels here on the Sunday Chronicle.

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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32 Responses to The Sunday Chronicle: Convento Sisal in Valladolid, Mexico

  1. restlessjo says:

    Such lovely pastels 🙂


  2. Jaspa says:

    Lovely photos, Angeline. Brings back memories of my visit there in 2011.


  3. Beautiful images. So much history in Mexico. I would like to take my family down to my grand father’s homes in Mexico City and Peubla but I’m a little leary :-(. Thanks for sharing Angeline..


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Marcus. Mexico is the love of my soul! The US media hypes the crime in Mexico to the extreme! There is more crime in some cities of the United States than in Mexico. The border towns of Mexico are bad, no denying that, but most of the interior is safe. We have not encountered one problem down there. As with any place else, it is always wise to learn about the surroundings of the places you plan to visit and know what parts of a city you should be wary of. Every city of the world has bad parts. I hope you do some research and go. You and your kids will be the richer for it.


  4. Beautiful photos! What a magical find!


  5. dadirri7 says:

    What a really lovely place, the colours are heavenly, great photos and tour thank you Angeline 🙂


    • Angeline M says:

      You are quite welcome, Christine. I’m glad you liked the photos. I would love to go back and just sit in the middle of the garden an stare at the arches and color for awhile longer.


  6. Let me know if you see my heart while traveling in Mexico Angeline. I know it is still there.
    Great photos and story!


  7. BFIPhoto says:

    Well done architectural view of a beautiful location. It looks like an amazing place, I love the mix of colours of the walls compared to floors, Wonderful job. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by and liking “Ohio Winter – con’t” !


  8. sedge808 says:

    I would like to visit this place.


  9. A painterly set of images that give a true feel for the former convent’s exterior.


  10. These are gorgeous pictures – haunting and austere and just lovely.


  11. Such an interesting history and fine photo ops!


  12. Love how colourful and “Mexican” it is, in comparison to the largely sombre stone of Spanish convents and monasteries of the time. I also love it when such gems come to light – whether it’s I who ‘discover’ them, or others, these places always seem to add (wonderfully) disproportionately to our understanding of the places we’re visiting.


    • Angeline M says:

      Aren’t the pink walls great? Very Mexican! Walking around in this place, just filled with history, filled me with an understanding of a place and time that I did not know much about.


  13. Colline says:

    It is sure to be an exceptional place to visit when it is fully renovated.


    • Angeline M says:

      It’s pretty exceptional now given its history and time it has survived through a war. The frescoes and other touch ups they are doing will be wonderful, but I like this time-worn look and feeling. As long as they don’t let it just crumble.


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