Ermita San Jerónimo

The San Jerónimo ruins were once a magnificent two story complex, founded by the order of La Merced, to house their school. Construction began around the year 1739 and took approximately 20 years to complete. Sadly, after only two years from its opening, the school was forced to close, and was ordered to be demolished by Royal Decree because the Fathers had failed to obtain a building permit from the Crown. Fortunately, that order was rescinded and the structure would survive, later becoming the Royal Customhouse in 1765, containing living quarters for the customhouse officials, military, and their horses.

Guest Reviews:

One of the sites definitely worth visiting in Antigua. The place is large, and features beautiful views of the Agua volcano (which dominates the city) from the upper floor. The conservation and care with which the site presents itself is certainly to be appreciated.” -Luca Martello

The Ruins of San Jerónimo are recommended to be with family, as a couple or alone. They are quiet and very spacious. The entrance costs only Q5.00 for national tourists.” -Alicia Ramirez de Rivera

San Jeronimo Volcano View and Fountain
Entrance Fee:
Non-residents 40Q
Opening Hours:
9am – 5pm Daily
Days Closed:
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The San Jerónimo ruins captivate with their enduring architectural beauty, including arches, walls, and courtyards. This site offers a glimpse into the area’s history and spirituality, resonating with echoes of prayers and the lives of the friars who once lived there. Nestled against the Agua Volcano, the ruins harmoniously blend human ingenuity and natural allure.

A haven for history enthusiasts and photographers, the ruins’ play of light and shadow creates a captivating canvas. Guided tours provide insights into the site’s significance and history. Visiting is a journey into Antigua Guatemala’s past, offering a chance to witness history’s resilience. The San Jerónimo ruins are a cultural gem, transporting visitors to an era of devotion and artistic excellence.


Please note that many of the entrance fees for landmarks, parks, and museums are subsidized by the government for Guatemalan citizens. You may notice a price difference for foreigners.