As I mentioned in my earlier post “Antigua’s Magnificent Le Merced“, the ruins behind this spectacular church, which resulted from a series of dramatic earthquakes over the centuries, are perhaps as equally impressive as the golden yellow exterior of La Merced herself. It is a tough call however I have to say that there is something haunting and exciting about ruins. I love them.
I’ve seen the fabulous ruins of Rome, spent four days hiking to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, and took an overnight dilapidated Greek ship on my honeymoon (while sleeping on the stinky floor underneath the luggage holder) just to catch a glimpse of the Turkish ruins of Ephesus. Let’s just say, I really like ruins and there are many more that I desire to see. (Only problem of course is time. Most ruins are in far off destinations that make it hard for me to see at this point in my life).
At least I was able to get my fix of ruins in Antigua! Antigua is loaded with ruins thanks (or no thanks) to all the earthquakes. The monastery ruins behind La Merced proved to be quite impressive with its centerpiece being a 27-meter in diameter fountain which is believed to be the largest fountain in Central America.