San Agustin’s cloister corridors

carroza The cloister of San Agustin conforms to the design found in Europe as well as the Americas prevalent during the colonial period. The four corridors in the cloister have at each corner ornately carved baroque retablos with reliefs/paintings of saints believed to have been added in the 18th century. Here, processions as well as the friars used to pass and stop for prayers and rituals.

Lining one of the corridors near the Sala de Profundis are (left)18th century carrozas that are used during processions. One of these is the glass-encased bier for the Santo Entierro.


Retablo just near the entrance to the transept with detail (right) of San Guillermo Hermitano with a painting of the Christ Child above it.

cloister retablo

This retablo is found near the gran escalera featuring relieves of San Juan de Sahagun and Sta. Rita.

cloister retablo

Retablo just near the entrance to the cloister from the antesala. Top of the retablo features the finding of the cross by St. Helena and her son Constantine while the bottom relief features San Nicolas de Tolentino. Right, behind this retablo, notice the arched masonry that is believed to be an opening to the church which was later closed.

cloister retablo

Retablo near the Sala de Profundis featuring the image of St. Joseph with the Christ Child (detail at right) at the top with a relief of Santo Tomas de Villanueva at the bottom.

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