Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asunción

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Tlaxcala , Mexico
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This former monastery is up along a shaded path from the southeast corner of Plaza Xicohténcatl. Built between 1537 and 1540, it was one of Mexico’s earliest monasteries and its church – the city’s cathedral – has a beautiful Moorish-style wooden ceiling.

Just below the monastery, beside the 19th-century Plaza de Toros (bullring), is a capilla abierta (open chapel) with three unique Moorish-style arches. One of the entrances is locked, but you can access the capilla from other entry points.

Museo Regional de Tlaxcala , housed within the monastery building, has a large collection of religious paintings and sculpture and some pre-Hispanic artifacts from nearby archaeological sites.