10/06/2014

Ruta de los Conventos: Oaxtepec



El primer convento del paseo, Oaxtepec también es el más cercano a Cuernavaca. Data de finales del siglo XVI, aunque con remodelaciones y renovaciones más recientes.

El convento está en una pequeña placita en un cruce de caminos, no exactamente en el centro del poblado. Se le da un uso constante, aunque por la hora en que llegamos aún no había misa. De hecho, cuando salimos apenas llegaba la gente para celebrar las presentaciones de algunos niños.

Si bien es de los conventos "medianos", no es tan impresionante. Tal vez esto se deba a que está rodeado de tiendas y restaurantes, en una avenida muy transitada dentro de una zona turística y de balnearios, pero todo eso le restaba mucho en cuanto a lucimiento.

Me encantaron las viejas campanas que tienen afuera, así como la sensación de tranquilidad en medio del caos del tráfico que se experimenta al salir al jardín lateral.





The first convent we visited was in Oaxtepec, the closest one to my hometown. It was built in the late 1500s, even though, like all others, it has suffered renovations in more recent times.

This convent is not located in the center of the town, like the others; rather, it is in the middle of a small square formed by two roads. It is constantly used by the local population; in fact, as we left we met several families coming in to celebrate little children's presentations (a celebration held between a child's baptism and his/her's first communion; it's usually held when the child is three years old).

I didn't find this convent particularly impressive, perhaps because it's surrounded by shops and restaurants, among high-traffic roads in a touristic are. Some of the other convents, by contrast, are in quaint little towns.

What I did love were the big old bells they have outside on exhibit, as well as a sense of peace and tranquility once you step inside and then out into a side patio.



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