La Recoleccion

La Recoleccion, Antigua

La Recoleccion
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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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SnakeJazzDancer
Boston, MA2,850 contributions
Couples
Our most favorite ruins to explore. So much history in each fallen room. Great place for picnics as well, specially on weekends. Note that it opens at 9 am so if you’re an earlier walker, you might find locked gates.
Written June 29, 2021
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MichiganZumbido
Michigan299 contributions
Friends
A quick tour of this ruin reveals the extent of nature's dominion over human aspiration, no matter how sanctified the construct or dedicated the aim to so-called higher principles. The Spanish conquest of the new world was mostly a sordid affair for the indigenous population, no matter the justifications that were at the time advanced in support: God, Gold, Glory. It was really all about the other "two G's": Greed and Guns! But here amidst this ancient devastation one can ponder, as did Keats in his "Ozymandius," the power of nature and of time, the true conquerors of all puny human endeavor.
Written April 2, 2016
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susan j
Baltimore, MD285 contributions
Couples
Past the bus station and tucked in a corner, you'll find La Recoleccion. It's literally all in ruins. Especially the Cathedral. The monastery portion is (relatively speaking) in better shape. The grounds are lovely. A good place to sit on the grass and rest your weary bones.
Written July 9, 2015
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
I see some reviewers calling this place incredible and giving it 5 stars. That's interesting to me. If this is incredible then what would they say about St. Peter's in Rome or the Hagia Sofia in Istambul? I also don't think the place deserves a 1-star rating. it is impressive in its sheer size and the ruins of the church are quite photogenic. Having said that I'm not sure if its worth the 40 Q admission price. There are no plaques or explanations of any kind and there are no facilities such as WC's and the gardens look a bit ill-maintained. No restoration work being done here neither, I'd say there are other, better ruins in Antigua.
Written April 14, 2021
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,316 contributions
Solo
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 shoes, which turned out to be a good idea when I walked over some of the ruined structures. A wide-brimmed hat also came in handy as a sun shield on the bright day I was here.
Written September 6, 2014
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CarrieGoGo
Portland, OR29 contributions
Family
As a big fan of history and photography, I absolutely loved this site. We visited the ruins as an afternoon activity with a local Spanish school, so the entrance fee was half price (20Q vs 40Q for walk-in foreigners). I very much appreciated that the main church building has not been restored because the jumble of rocks and crumbling walls was a photographer’s dream. We had a guide from the school who filled us in on the history of the ruins. First built in 1685, a series of earthquakes destroyed the structures throughout the 1700s culminating with the most destructive earthquake in 1773.

After the earthquake the property has served many different purposes from a hospice for indigenous groups, to a military shooting ground, to a rentable party space. We were also told it was a popular place for picnics and making out.

Very interesting spot. It’s worth a stop if you are spending several days in Antigua.
Written February 11, 2018
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,748 contributions
Solo
There is very little still standing here, but you do get a good sense of the size and majesty of the former church that stood here just by the size of the rubble and the tall walls that remain standing. All of the detail is long, long gone. Strangely, you'll possibly encounter many couples sitting in amongst the ruined alcoves lip locked and cleaning each other's tonsils with their tongues. Seems odd, but I encountered many!
Written November 21, 2016
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HelenfromBrooklyn
Brooklyn, NY28 contributions
Family
The ruins of an old convent are a popular local picnic spot, but they are uncrowded and fascinating.
Written July 9, 2016
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LisaLashes77
Berlin, Germany24 contributions
Solo
I thought this was very expensive comapred to most ruins in Antigua - maybe i had seen too many ruined buildings but I wasn't overly impressed.
Written November 9, 2015
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic5,726 contributions
Solo
West of main square, about 15 minutes walk you will find this structure, former church and monastery, collapsing after the earthquake in 1773. Large chunks of stones are in the main church though which you have to climb. The ruins of monastery are more preserved. But to see you fork out Q40 which is quite high, by the Guatemala standards, in my opinion. There is adjacent park where you can relax or have picnic as some locals do.
Written April 7, 2018
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