Ex-Convento Domínico de la Natividad
Museo de Arte Prehispánico Carlos Pellicer
Behind the Dominican church, this archaeology museum has a small but interesting collection of pieces from around the country, donated...
Set in a courtyard with views of the cliffs and pyramid, this longstanding favorite serves an impressive upscale menu of dishes from...
Ex-Convento Domínico de la Natividad information
Lonely Planet review
This monastery, situated east of the zócalo, and the attached church were built by Dominican priests between 1560 and 1588. The plateresque church facade has Dominican seals interspersed with indigenous symbols, floral designs and various figures, including the sun, moon and stars, animals, angels and the Virgin Mary. Upstairs, various cells house a bookstore, galleries and a regional history museum .
The monastery’s arched entryway is adorned with an elaborate seed mural of pre-Hispanic history and symbolism. Every year during the first week of September local artists sow a new mural from 60 varieties of seeds.