Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

Established in the 16th Century as the capitol of the Spanish colonial government for the Kingdom of Guatemala, which at the time included much of present-day Central America, Antigua is a living museum of Spanish colonial architecture.

Palace of the Captains General, Antigua

The seat of Spanish power, the Palace of the Captain’s General still stands prominently across from Antigua’s Parque Central.

Santa Catalina Arch, Antigua

The iconic Santa Catalina Arch, originally constructed to allow cloistered nuns to travel from a convent to a school without stepping outdoors, beautifully straddles the city’s cobblestone streets.

La Merced, Antigua

The magnificent Senora de la Merced Cathedral rises from the earth as if a giant confection.

Cathedral de Santiago

Other impressive churches, like Cathedral de Santiago, have also been preserved and restored.

Antigua, Guatemala Ruins

While the ruins of other once grand buildings, claimed by the area’s frequent earthquakes, dot the cityscape.

Antigua, Guatemala Volcanoes

And everywhere, the three volcanoes that circumscribe Antigua loom on the horizon.

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7 Comments on “Antigua, Guatemala”

  1. Betty Londergan March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Wow, this makes me feel like I’m back there! Did you stay in “our” hotel?? It was so fun meeting up with you in Antigua … right now I’m in Pasco, Peru — a mining town northeast of Lima that is not that far from the capital but at 15,000 feet, takes 8 hours to get to, and once you get here you wonder why you bothered. Super unattractive town, BUT outside in the hills, it’s like Montana — gorgeous Big Sky Country with alpacas, llamas and even a few stray vicuna all over the empty landscape. Wish you were here .. and THANKS again for supporting Heifer!!!

  2. Bama March 28, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Antigua Antigua Antigua..for the last week weeks coincidentally I read some other posts about this place over the bloggosphere. Never really heard the name before (I thought it was Antigua & Barbuda), but judging from your photographs it must be a really nice place to go.

  3. IshitaUnblogged March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I loved the quaintness of Antigua… You cover that region and let me cover Asia and Middle East now – then we’ll swap. Yeah?

  4. theplaceswevebeen March 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    I love the old architecture. Great photos!

  5. Madhu March 31, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Wow! Beautiful images! I know of the ‘Antigua’ in the West Indies. Was unaware that there was another in Guatemala!

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