As is common known, Antigua hasn't been a very safe city in the previous centuries.
They have the vicinity of the volcanoes which are unpredictable and, secondly, they suffered from various earthquakes.
Walking through the street sand looking at the buildings, you can see ruptures everywhere.
This deserted church is one fo the best examples
The old cathedral is adjacent to the current one. It has been incredibly damage by earthquakes, but visitors can walk through its ruins and those of a neighboring rectory-type building.
This is a fun exploration for anyone and is a great chance to climb through an early example of the meshing of Spanish and American styles of architecture. It's not too big or small and has enough surviving structure to give one an intriguing glimpse into the past.
If you want to spend an hour or two enjoying some of the ruins of Antigua (it blends it well with a self-guided walking tour of Antigua's streets, shops, buildings, ruins, cathedrals etc.), this is a great spot. Entrance costs Q18 and you have access to the colonial and mayan artifact museums. A nice activitiy especially when it is a nice day. The grounds of the hotel are also nice for strolls.
This former convent is one of the most extensive ruins in Antigua. The convent was completed in 1736. The cloister was in a unique round building with individual living spaces all around the center.
Another of Antigua's church ruins started in 1638 and abandoned after the 1773 earthquake. This church is also the site of a local handicraft market.
This ruin is of a church built in 1679. It was damaged numerous times and abandoned after the 1773 earthquake.
Founded in 1,715, destroyed by the Santa Marta earthquake in 1,771. Beautiful gardens, catacombs...a great experience!