Saturday, December 21, 2013

Nativity at Las Conceptas Museum

We went with friends to the Las Conceptas museum, primarily to see the special, historic nativity scene on display this year.

We have been to the museum before and loved it -- not too big, not too small, just right, with lots of treasures!  We love the old architecture and history, too.  This complex is the oldest colonial in Cuenca, restored in the mid-1980's.

The museum occupies a small portion of the block-size building.  The rest of the property is still home to cloistered nuns and not open to the public. 

There is a modest entrance fee for the museum.  We mention this, in case you want to check it out.  Not free like most museums in Cuenca, but still a bargain! -- about $3

The day we were there, photos were allowed of the inside, but no flash.  We did our best.  But, no comparison to seeing the art ín person'!  Also, the printed info at the exhibits is in Spanish, English and French now.

For a previous visit and more info, see

Pretty courtyard in bloom.

This  museum houses one of the most special collections of old religious art, some dating back to the beginning of the convent, 1600's.  Much of the art was donated by the wealthy families of Old Cuenca. 

One of Nancy's favorites...lady and her sheep.

Displays of life in the convent.

A simple bedroom.

The nativity scene! 

About 30 pieces, originally from Italy, 19th century.

We both wish a Very, Merry Christmas to You and Yours!  May your Season be filled  with Peace, Joy and Love.

Happy Solstice, too!

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