La Recolección Architectural Complex is a former church and monastery of the Order of the Recollects (Ordo Fratrum Minorum Recollectorum), the French reform branch of the Franciscans. It was a monastery for a short time, before it was ravaged by earthquakes. You can see what is left of the main church building, cloisters and gardens.
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La Recoleccion and Nearby Attractions on Map
Casa Santo Domingo(1.4 km)
Casa Santo Domingo on the grounds of the Santo Domingo Monastery was once home to the order of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, but today is a hotel with museums and a chapel.
Arco de Santa Catalina(0.6 km)
The iconic Santa Catalina Arch is one of Antigua Guatemala’s best known landmarks, and provides a striking orange-yellow setting on 5th Avenue North for the smoking Volcan de Agua in the background.
Parque Central(1 km)
Parque Central is the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Antigua Guatemala, the central square with historical buildings, shops and restaurants where locals and tourists descend for fun and entertainment.
Antigua Guatemala Cathedral(1.1 km)
The Saint Joseph Cathedral, better known as the Antigua Guatemala Cathedral, is a 16th century church that was one of the largest in Central America during its heyday.
ChocoMuseo Antigua(1.2 km)
Learn about the history of cacao and chocolate, and how chocolate is made from the beans at the ChocoMuseo.
Iglesia de La Merced(0.6 km)
The current building of La Merced Church dates back to the 18th century, and is one of the few churches that have survived the earthquakes that have devastated the city since.
Cerro de la Cruz(1.1 km)
The Hill of the Cross is at the north end of the city, and offers great views over the city.
Colegio de San Jeronimo(0.4 km)
The Colegio de San Jeronimo was a secondary school staffed by the Friars of La Merced from 1757 to 1761, and subsequently became the Royal Customs and then Spanish militia barracks.
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