AAA Editor Notes
Ex-Convent of Santa Mónica (Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica) is 9 blks. n. of the Zócalo at Av. 18 Poniente #103, just off Av. 5 de Mayo. It was ordered closed when the 1857 Reform Laws abolished monasteries and convents in Mexico; the convent's nuns continued their work in semi-secrecy until 1934.
The museum preserves the dark corridors and austere rooms and includes a collection of religious art; the paintings on velvet by Rafael Morante have retained their brilliant colors after centuries. Guides are available. Entry to the museum is through a house and passageway.