San Jeronimo School
North End - Avenda de la Recoleccion, Antigua, Guatemala
San Jeronimo School Antigua Reviews
Ruins of the San Jeronimo School Sep 21, 2013
This is one of the older historical site, in Antigua Guatemala. Over the formative years, it is interesting, as its use changed three times.
Originally a school was built by the Mercedariano order during the period 1739-1757 beside the small church of San Jeronimo.
The school was surrounded by a two storey cloister, with the surrounding area featuring a large orchard and gardens. In its day, I believe it must have been quite beautiful.
However, the school was built without the Kings approval/charter, and kings being kings, he was slighted, and it was ordered to be destroyed. The original order was eventually countermanded and it was approved as a Royal Customs house in 1765.
In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled in Antigua and as a result it became barracks for the dragoons. There is a 1767 recorded plan which shows stables for 150 horses. All evidence of these buildings have now disappeared. Even the rubble is gone, so the stone was likely used elsewhere as building materials.
In 1773 the structure was destroyed by earthquake and abandoned.
It is another gem of Antigua,Guatemala that allows one to sit and ponder history. When history is read, a site comes alive. It seems to me that a read of history always pays dividends.
I liked this, as a way to spend an hour. Entrance is nominal..under one dollar.
Part of the Guatemala - 2012 travel blog
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