La Antigua Guatemala


Antigua Guatemala, city, southwestern Guatemala, at an elevation of 5,029 feet (1,533 metres). Former capital of Guatemala was once the most important seat of Spanish colonial government between Mexico City and Lima, Peru.

Antigua Guatemala is noted chiefly for the ruins of colonial edifices that make it a museum of Spanish colonial history. On or near the central plaza, several of the principal buildings of the colonial capital still serve public functions; and scattered throughout the city are numerous ruins of religious structures and rebuilt private dwellings. The University of San Carlos (1676), one of the first universities in Central America, was established in Antigua; the building now houses the Museum of Colonial Art. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Founded as Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala in 1527, it was destroyed by an eruption that swept down from the slopes of Volcán de Agua (“Volcano of Water”). The village that became reestablished on the site came to be called Ciudad Vieja (“Old City”). Another capital city with the name Santiago was constructed in 1542 near the site of Ciudad Vieja, and it became a thriving political, economic, religious, and cultural centre of some 60,000 persons. When Santiago was demolished by an earthquake in 1773, the capital was moved 28 miles (45 km) to the site of Nueva Guatemala (“New Guatemala”)—now Guatemala City—and Santiago became known as Antigua Guatemala (“Guatemala of Old”) or Antigua.

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Cerro de la Cruz a Look out over Antigua Guatemala!

Cerro de la Cruz (Look Out) In the hills north of Antigua is Cerro de la Cruz a large cross constructed on a hillside overlooking Antigua. This giant stone cross, from which there are sweeping views south over the city with Agua Volcano in the background. This is a great spot for a higher vantage point of the city, you can truly get an amazing view! Take advantage of the photo opportunity known as Cerro de la Cruz you will not be disappointedCerro de la Cruz - Antigua Guatemala.

Communal wash basins in the city of La Antigua

In the center  of Antigua is a big wash basin where the women from all over who don´t have running water at their houses bring their clothes to wash them. Communal wash basins in the city of La Antigua, Guatemala still in use despite the availability of water in many of the municipal dwellings.La Antigua Guatemala wash basin

For the most part, these washing areas are used for clothing however sometimes other objects being cleansed here too. With the advent of city water mains and lines being extended to more homes in the past decade, fewer natives are having to tote cumbersome loads distances from their homes. This giant water feature in Antigua has a covered walkway on the left side. Inside of that area are large wash basins where locals can wash items. These ancient washbasins in Antigua, Guatemala, are still in use by some of the local native population. In 1950, Antigua has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.