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.

Ruins of Tikal National Park

Tikal Ruins, Flores GuatemalaThe most famous of all Maya sites, Tikal was also the economic and warfar super power of The Classic Maya world, and the largest City in América during the Classic era over 1000 years ago. Amongst the many Maya sites in Central America, Tikal is perhaps the most breathtaking because of the scattered impressive buildings which have been restored in an area with many more ruined buildings still enveloped by the jungle.

Many beautiful buildings have been uncovered and many more wait to be discovered.  Tikal National Park, that was created in 1955; it was the first national park in Guatemala and it was declared in 1979 as the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Monument.Guatemalan Guide Tikal Ruins Guatemala

The ruins of Tikal include more than 3,000 structures extending over six square miles and including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, avenues and steam baths. The ancient Maya began building Tikal around 600 B.C., and for the next 1500 years the area was an important religious, scientific, and political center.

Located about half an hour from the entrance of the National Park is the charming town of Flores, with its pastel-colored buildings, enjoys a scenic setting on Lake Peten Itza.and serves as a gateway to explore the immediate area. Tikal Custom Tours Guatemalan Guide

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.

Guatemala Celebrates Semana Santa – Holy Week

Semana Santa is the Spanish term for Holy Week, the week preceding Easter in the Catholic calendar.  Semana Santa commemorates the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with His arrival in Jerusalem, celebrated on Palm Sunday, and culminating in His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.Alfombra is the Spanish word for “carpet”
Guatemala is alive during the entire season of lent, processions and  Alfombra’s is the Spanish word for “carpet” and that’s exactly what these temporary, organic pieces of street art are meant to be–fancy carpets that pave the way for elaborate Semana Santa floats. Guatemala is nearly 90 percent Catholic, so this religious holiday takes on a special meaning that the entire community shares and participates in
Antigua Guatemala - Semana SantaGuatemala and many other Catholic Spanish-speaking countries are known for their elaborate processions and celebrations during Semana Santa. For more information about this amazing event be sure to check out:

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