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La Recoleccion

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Address: Calle Poniente at Calle de Recolectos 1, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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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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One of Antiguas Best Ancient Ruins

La Recoleccion is a massive ancient monastery which was destroyed by earthquake shortly after construction in the early 1700's. Beautiful facades, courtyards and archways remain... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Gimli, Canada
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Gimli, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Recoleccion is a massive ancient monastery which was destroyed by earthquake shortly after construction in the early 1700's. Beautiful facades, courtyards and archways remain intact, offering visitors glimpses into the structure's glorious, though short lived past. Another must see in Antigua.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You see the ruins rise as you walk towards them; they are spectacular. You first enter in a very well kept garden and you see the semi-collapsed façade and big chunks of walls/ceilings/pillars. If you go up the stairs, you can walk between these chunks; it is breathtaking. The best part for me was hidden behind the first section; you... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

La Recoleccion is very close to the corner, where you can take good photos of amazing Guatemalan buses! Just take you camera, go the corner and wait! The buses appear every 3-5 minutes and all of them different. Be careful because we were warned that the robbers can attack any moment. However, it seemed a safe spot. La Recollecion looks... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I really enjoyed these ruins. There are massive chunks of old pillars from the church that you climb ov t and on and around. Local families were picnicking out front. The ruins didn't feel placed - felt like this is how they collapsed and hundreds of years later, still ther.

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Fircrest, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

The complex only has a 50 year history before it was destroyed by the major earthquake of 1773. It has been left "in situ" since then.It's only of the few places I have visited that has not been touched by humans trying to clean it up or resurrect it. It's quite an eerie feeling to know that what you see... More 

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Thank Chuck E
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Cool ruins that were very fun to explore. Lots of local families enjoying picnic lunches on the lawn.

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Esteli, Nicaragua
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

This is the perfect place to do a photo-shoot. We did our wedding photo-shoot there and had a great adventure. We also saw a family who had a picnic there which sounded like a good idea as well. It is a great hidden gem in Antigua.

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The Dalles, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

I love that this site hasn't been completely restored - you see much of it as it fell. This visit I enjoyed talking to the guide at the site and watching a bridal photo shoot.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

La Recoleccion is an interesting and lesser-visited ruins site to explore, located on the outskirts of Antigua, near the local market. Very little of this former church remains standing and it is almost completely in ruins, due to severe destruction from earthquakes that shook Antigua in the late 1700's. Aside from the stone staircase at the front of the church,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

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... More 

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