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“Off the beaten path”
Review of La Recoleccion

La Recoleccion
Ranked #18 of 96 things to do in Antigua
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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.
Reviewed 6 September 2012

This ruin is definitely off the beaten path. It's probably best if you take a tuk tuk (taxi) to get tot this. If you are like me and you like to walk, then it will take you about 30 minutes from central park. The ruin is in bad shape, as far restoration goes. Besides that, is very clean and well maintained. I thought it would take me a fairly short amount of time to explore, but there actually was a lot to explore. Many rooms, central open spaces and in the back of the church there is even more to see.

What was sort of funny was that local couples take this ruin as a make out session spot. I saw three couples in 3 different areas making out. It was a bit funny to see and a bit uncomfortable since I wanted to walk through the spaces. Anyways, I never been to this ruin, and I found it very interesting

Thank W0rldViajero
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

I have been to Antigua three times and each time I make sure to see the ruins. They are absolutely stunning. There are always workers restoring and building walkways. it is a well maintained area and the price to get in is fairly inexpensive.

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Worth a short trip, La Recoleccion (a French-based nunnery built shortly before the massive 1773 earthquake in Antigua) is one of the largest ruins my wife and I have ever seen. The vary large church fell in great pieces of brick and mortar rather than shattering into invidual piles of brick. The reconstructed stairs lead into the interior of the church, cleaned up but still in rubble from almost 250 years ago.

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Reviewed 27 November 2011

An interesting and impressive Spanish-colonial earthquake ruin worth a visit. Fun to explore with kids.

Thank sjmtmm
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Reviewed 3 May 2010

A short walk behind the bus station takes you to what is left of this huge church and its adjoining convent which was one of the biggest in Spanish colonial America. Clearly a favourite spot for wedding photographs and other celebrations, most of the buildings are reduced to impressive piles of enormous pieces of rubble and masonry. Some huge cracked and half-ruined walls remain and give you some idea of how impressive it must have been when it was built, particularly if the local architecture consisted largely of small wooden or stone houses. You can climb over the ruins, enjoy the cloister and sit in the surrounding gardens.

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