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photo: Antigua Cultural
Points of Interest

Convento La Recolección

La Recolección Architectural Complex is a former church and monastery of the Order of the Recollects.
In 1685 two missionaries of the friars of the Recollects arrived, and, with more friars arriving in subsequent years, the City Council was asked for permission to build a monastery. In their 1695 report, the City Council opined that not enough friars were there to support this enterprise and that enough monasteries had already been established.
Nevertheless, in 1700 a royal decree was issued for the building of the monastery. In 1701 construction of buildings commenced, followed six years later by the laying of the cornerstone for the Church itself. In 1708 the cloisters, library, and infirmary were completed. The church was inaugurated on May 23, 1717.
A few months later Antigua was afflicted by the 1717 earthquakes damaging the church and the cloisters.