La Iglesia de las Monjas as it is known here in Morelia, or in English simply the Church of the Nuns, is a church that was built during the 18th century to provide a cloistered residence for the Dominican Sisters, that later were relocate further east at the Conservatorio de las Rosas.
Estela prepares to cross Francisco
Madero Avenue, the main street
of Morelia: La Iglesia de las Monjas
is on the opposite side in the background.
This wrought iron gate separates the
enclosed area from the public area.
The wrought-iron latticed gate divides the cloistered
section of la Iglesia de las Monjas
from the public area.
The cloistered part of the chapel of Las Monjas
Octagonal Dome of La Iglesia de Las Monjas
Main altar of La Iglesia de las Monjas
This church and cloister was the scene of a major social event in 1738, when the Dominican Sisters abandoned their first convent and cloister, that they established in 1590 here in Valladolid (as Morelia was known during the colonial period). This first convent was called the Conservatorio de las Rosas. As the Dominican sisters could not leave their cloister, they had to be escorted by their fellow nuns and by all the priests and nuns of the city, in a gigantic procession, to their new cloister.
Side altar of La Iglesia de Las
Bell tower and Church of la
Iglesia de las Monjas
The main entrance of the Iglesia
de las Monjas is on the side, as
it opens up on Francisco Madero,
the main avenue of Morelia.
In the background, the Cathedral.
Here I am standing by the entrance of La
Iglesia de Las Monjas