Antigua Journals

Wrath of the Gods

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A December 2003 trip to Antigua by Andariega

La Recoleccion Photo, Antigua, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: Antigua was founded in 1543, made the capital in 1550, damaged by an earthquake in 1565, rebuilt, damaged by another quake in 1577, rebuilt over and over again (in 1586, 1607, 1651, 1681, 1684, 1717, and 1751), and in 1773, was officially abandoned. Many beautiful, broken buildings remain.

La Recoleccion

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La Recoleccion Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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El Colegio de Misioneros de Cristo Crucificado, better known as La Recoleccion, is Antigua's most awe-inspiring ruin. I had just visited San Jeronimo, a block away and had been quite impressed but La Recoleccion left me breathless. It is massive, with rubble the size of small houses. We had been told to look out for muggers because the ruins were in a remote area. Well, it definitely was not remote and the day we visited, there was plenty of activity, with kids playing ball and families picnicking, but I pass along the warning, be cautious when visiting this site. We spent a ...Read More

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La Recoleccion
Avenida de la Recoleccion
Antigua, Guatemala

Convento de Las Capuchinas

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Attraction | "Las Capuchinas"

Convento de Las Capuchinas Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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Told that Las Capuchinas was one of the more interesting ruins in town, we headed off, managing to get lost twice. This is quite embarrassing considering the size and the orderly layout of streets in Antigua. Finally, making it to the appropriate corner, we were not sure we were in the right place. There were no ruins to be seen, only an amazingly well-preserved grand old building built in the stocky manner often seen in this town. There were no religious decorations or signs indicating we were at a convent. We quietly pushed on the enormous doors, a section opened, and we en...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Convento de Las Capuchinas
Antigua
Antigua, Guatemala

Tikal National Park

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Attraction | "Ruins"

Tikal National Park Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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These ruins are all within a few blocks of each other, east of the plaza.Santa ClaraPast Nuns from Puebla, Mexico came to Antigua to found the Santa Clara church and convent in 1699. The 1717 earthquake seriously damaged the construction and it took almost twenty years to rebuild. It was inaugurated again in 1734 and was housing forty-six nuns. It was abandoned after the 1773 quake. It was later used as housing until the roof fell in during the 1874 quake. In 1944, when the city was declared a national monument, the site was cleaned up and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Tikal National Park
Peten Basin
Tikal, Guatemala
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Antigua Ruins

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Attraction | "More Ruins"

Antigua Ruins Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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These ruins are all within a few blocks of each other, northeast of the plaza. None of them is open to the public, but all are worth a stop to view them from the street. El Carmen Past La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen was built in 1638, but was completely destroyed in 1651. It was then built bigger and better in 1656, only to be destroyed in 1717. Built one more time in 1728, it was destroyed again in 1773. The ruins of El Carmen were ruined some more in the 1976 earthquake. In the 1990s, some restoration work was done. Present...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Antigua Ruins
Antigua
Antigua, Guatemala

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Santa Catarina Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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These ruins are within a few blocks of each other, northwest of the plaza. Santa Catarina Past Also known as Santa Catalina, this convent was built in 1609 to address a lack of housing for local nuns. In 1693, an arch was built over the street, connecting the convent to the church, so the nuns could honor their vow not to be seen in public. In 1697, the convent reached its maximum occupancy of 110 nuns. It was abandoned, like most other establishments in town, in 1773. In 1775, it was turned into housing. The arch was restored in...Read More