Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Izamal

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Looking out from the heart of Convento de San Antonio de Padua its clear to see why Izamal is known as the “Yellow City.” A sprawling square enclosed by 75 egg-yolk-yellow arches, the open air atrium of the monastery is second in size only to the Vatican. Previously a center for worship of a supreme Mayan sun god, today a Franciscan convent stands grandly over the atrium, built from fragments of the Mayan temple in 1561. Walk the site to examine the remnants of Mayan and post-colonial history that echo through the architecture. Take a look at our Izamal travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Convento de San Antonio de Padua and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Such an amazing and beautiful place. The whole old town is a picturesque area where every single building is painted yellow with some white accents. Also since you rarely have any tourists in here...  more »
  • Don’t go if you’re a senior!!! There are no bathrooms on the site, and no notice of it until you walk all the way up to the church! Only to be barked at by a mean fat nun! Who needs that?  more »
  • It is a great place to meet. It perfectly describes what the colonial era was in Izamal. I loved the garden of the esplanade and the pieces of history that are inside the place.
  • The monastery is a fascinating sight, which the Spaniards built on top of an enormous acropolis which stood in honor of the sun god. The convent is striking, painted a beautiful yellow color like the rest of the town. It’s a good shady spot to rest and also a reminder of all that was lost due to the brutality of colonialism.

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