Church and Convent of Santa Cruz

Calle Independencia
Queretaro, QU - Map It
Phone: (442) 212-0235

AAA Editor Notes

Church and Convent of Santa Cruz (Iglesia y Convento de la Santa Cruz) is several blks. e. of the historic center at Calle Independencia and Calle Manuel Acu&#241;a. As many as 200 monks once lived in the mission compound, a well-preserved series of cloisters and cells complete with an orchard, a kitchen with a cold storage chamber, several schools and a water reservoir. According to legend, Franciscan missionary Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus buried a wooden walking stick in the orchard that grew into a tree with thorns in the shape of a cross.</br>The monastery also served as self-proclaimed emperor Maximilian's army barracks and, after defeat in 1867, his prison. The ashes of the heroine La Corregidora are encased in a monument behind the church.</br></br>
Church free. Convent 10 pesos. Tipping the tour guide is customary.
Hours: Church daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Convent Tues.-Sat. 9:30-5:30, Sun. 9-5:30. Short tours in English are given Tues.-Sun. 9-4, subject to guide availability. Closed Catholic holidays. Allow 1 hour minimum.