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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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A favorite colonial ruin in Antigua

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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The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice area to walk around. Uncrowded with a small charge to get in. It was nice to get away from the more busy and touristy areas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

These ruins are probably the most interesting we saw in Antigua; I'm surprised it wasn't busier. It's a little out of the way, past the market, which is maybe why it doesn't get as many visitors. We were there with kids and it was a great place for them to roam.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

These ruins are quite nice to explore. Wasn't busy at all. Would be nice place to have picnic. Spend some time exploring the whole grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

These ruins are great to walk around and take pictures of. It's an old convent. Popular spot for the locals to have lunch or just chill out in the surroundings! Great for photography!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

The ruins of an old convent are a popular local picnic spot, but they are uncrowded and fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Give this place a couple of hours and take your camera. The ruins are fantastic! You get a real sense of the level of destruction a quake can cause while, at the same time, you get to experience the eternal human fascination with destruction. The grounds are maintained quite beautifully also. A great place to bring a picnic.

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The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

This is a lovely site that, unfortunately, most people miss - well worth a visit during your next stay in Antigua!

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