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La Recoleccion

1 Calle Poniente at Calle de Recolectos, Antigua, Guatemala
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Ranked #14 of 31 Attractions in Antigua
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: First constructed in the 17th century, this church was destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt many...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: First constructed in the 17th century, this church was destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt many times. What can be seen today are the remains from the last earthquake in 1976.
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Silver Spring, MD
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76 reviews 76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

These ruins breathtakingly give testimony to the shockingly awesome power of earthquakes. Seeing them is at once, inspiring, fascinating and saddening at the same time. The ruins, which some guides describe as out of the way, or even out of town, are in fact quite central and are just a couple of minutes from the textile museum (found on most... More 

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Perth, Australia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The first of many ruins we visited on our stay in Antigua. Much bigger than it looks from the outside. Really though once you see one you have pretty much seen them all. We visited about 4 or 5 church/convent ruins and they are much the same. Great locations for photos.

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Melbourne, Australia
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297 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

40Q pp tourist price. Lovely grounds. Walk up the stairs into the ruins then walk to the left for more ruins tucked away behind. It all opens up inside the courtyard. You can do this under an hour. It looks bigger than San jeronimo around the corner, so better value for money.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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215 attraction reviews
359 helpful votes 359 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This complex of buildings, essentially a church and monastery, was erected in the early 1700s. Since then earthquakes, especially in 1773, have reduced the once-magnificent structures to ruins. The complex has had various reincarnations, including as a stable, sports facility, and soap factory. Despite their dilapidated shape, the ruins are interesting to pour over and marvel at. I wore hiking... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My online Spanish teacher hosted us at her home only 1.5 blocks from here and it is by far our most favorite ruin site...I was shocked after the fact by the dismal coverage in the Moon Guide...This ruin is huge..room after room..We were lucking enough to have a friendly care taker take us on a very dramatic private tour..he had... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

very impressive site to see the ruins of this huge church/monastery complex after the earthquake of 1773

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Antigua, Guatemala
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Very interesting story behind this ruin that has had no restoration since the last time it was leveled. 1690 Monks of Recolecion showed up and asked permission to build a monastery and church. Denied. By 1700 about 25 had shown up. Without permission they started building and by 1706 had a fabulous place ready. 6 months later. Massive earthquake and... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Massive set of ruins, a little pricey when compared to the other ruins in the city (although still only £3), about a 10 minute walk from the centre. You are able to climb over the fallen chunks of masonry, and although there are no signs you are given a guide (in English on request) to the history etc of the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I'm amazed that you can actually walk through the ruins (yes: up, over, around, down and inside). There are even frescos and carvings still visible and you can walk right up to them! The walls are 20 feet deep, but you can't imagine how massive that actually is until you walk atop it. The most impressive ruin in the city.

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Houston, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I could have spent hours longer here and will definitely visit again on my next trip to Antigua. The ruins are beautiful - I like to imagine what it was like in the 1700s. If you're a photo buff, you will definitely love this place! It is a little bit more towards the edge of town, but worth the hike.

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