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Review of La Recoleccion

La Recoleccion
Ranked #22 of 86 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 January 2013

I really enjoyed La Recoleccion. No guide, no "this way" signs, just massive chunks of masonery and remains of the complex. Use your imagination and picture what it might have looked like in it's glory, and what it took to bring it down. At first I tought it will be average place to see but I quickly changed my mind. There is very little history on that complex. The cloisters, library, and infirmary were completed in 1708. The church was inaugurated on May 23, 1717. A few months later earthquakes damaged the church and the cloisters, again about 50 yrs later and devastating earthquakes in 1773 brought the complex to the ruins. Further demolition was man-made, remnants were used as stable, soap factory, and as a sport complex. Today the place seems to be a ut spot for make out sessions -nothing obscene though.We run into several of them, as well as a young family on a picnic.

The ruins are gated and surrounded by a park. It is a pleasant place away from dusty town, Located on the far west side behind market and the bus station. If you don't like walking, tuk-tuk will take you there. Admission costs about $8 for tourists, have cash.

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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.

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