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Address: 1 Calle Poniente at Calle de Recolectos, Antigua, Guatemala
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Description: First constructed in the 17th century, this church was destroyed by...
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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Exposure to more of the damage than many of the other ruins.

Impressive! Very little interpretation, and almost nothing in English, but just exploring the ruins is well worth the entry fee. Much of this site is still as it fell, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Impressive! Very little interpretation, and almost nothing in English, but just exploring the ruins is well worth the entry fee. Much of this site is still as it fell, and seeing how massive they built those walls is impressive.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I visited La Recoleccion during a brief stay in Antigua. I wanted to view a handful of ruins and La Recollecion does not disappoint. You pay 40 Quetzales (approx 5 USD) as a foreign tourist and you know you're helping to keep these beautiful ruins open. This is one of the larger ruins in the city and it's worth the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

One of the biggest and beautiful Catholic temples in Guatemala City "Centro Historico", crossing the main door is like going trough "time tunnel" back in to beginnings of history of Christianity in America... with many "retablos" and statues of 'saints', relics and don't forget to visit the chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows ("La Recoleta") and Dead Jesús Statue.. impressive..... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The thing about La Recoleccion is that you can still see the various rooms in the building and discern their functions, even though much of the building is totally ruined. We could see the kitchen, bathroom, chapel and even the water system. Our guide spoke little English but made himself understood very well.

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Antigua, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Just a short walk from the Mercado, La Recoleccion was a fun morning for our kids. As others have said, there is no historical information but the grounds are well-maintained and the facility is clean, unlike some of the other ruins you can see in the area. My boys loved it. I wasn't expecting much for my kids but we... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

These are nice ruins to visit for a quick look at a historical convent. They are a very quick tuk tuk ride just outside of central Antigua- in fact, we walked back from the ruins. Unless you hire a guide to tell the history, there are really no signs or anything you can follow.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This looked out of the way on the map so was originally going to skip it. It's on the same street as the bus terminal to the villages though so we walked up on our way back. It was closed since it was New Years Eve but you can still see the ruins through the gates. Don't think it would... More 

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Silver Spring, MD
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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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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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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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