Guatemala – Cultural Landmarks of Antigua

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Cultural Landmarks of Antigua

Antigua, Guatemala was founded by the Spanish back in the sixteenth century. For over two centuries it served as the capital city of Central America. With it’s European styled architecture, dating back over 300 years, it annually draws in thousands of visitors from around the world.

While I personally do not follow the Catholic faith, one cannot deny the beauty and passion that went into designing and constructing these amazing works of art.

 

I didn’t have a chance to get around to all the major landmarks, but I did manage to see most of them. Below, in no apparent order, are the photos from my time wandering the streets of Antigua.

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One of the sides of the Convento Santa Clara (Santa Clara Convent and Church)

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Details of a doorway now gated at the Convento Santa Clara.

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Security patrol along side the Convento Santa Clara.

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Just south of the Convento Santa Clara.

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A man sells flowers on the street side.

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The southern facing roof of the Convento Santa Clara.

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Across the street, to the West, is the Tanque de la Union (The Tank of the Union). You can see Volcanoes Fuego and Acatenango in the upper left.

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Another view of the Tanque de la Union.

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Front entrance to the Iglesia del Hospital de San Pedro (San Pedros Hospital Church).

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Iglesia del Hospital de San Pedro is one of the few renovated landmarks in Antigua.

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Iglesia del Hospital de San Pedro is across the street from the Tank of the Union. And you can see Volcano Agua in the background.

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Marcado del Carmen (Carmen Market).

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Tourists shop in front of the Marcado del Carmen.

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Looking South from the Marcado del Carmen, you can see Volcano Agua in the distance.

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El Convento Capuchinas (Capuchinas Convent) was right down the block from our hotel.

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El Convento Capuchinas sat on the corner of the intersection.

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El Convento Capuchinas, looking North.

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Southern facing wall of El Convento Capuchinas.

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La Iglesia de San Fransisco (San Fransisco Church), Northern entrance.

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Inside the parking lot of La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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Two daughters and their mother sell snacks at La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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Entrance to the garden at La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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Northern garden at La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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Inside the North garden at La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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Two daughters and their mother sell snacks at La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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Inside the parking lot at La Iglesia de San Fransisco. You can see the Volcanoes Fuego and Acatenango.

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A Padre sits for donations out front of La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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The main entrance to La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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The main entrance to La Iglesia de San Fransisco.

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Monasterio la Merced (The Mercy La Monastery).

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Looking North through El Arco (The Arch) you can see La Merced in the distance.

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Looking North through El Arco (The Arch) you can see La Merced in the distance.
Pro Tip: There is an awesome little wine and cigar bar under the arch.

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The Cathedral faces Central Park where you can get Guatemalan horse rides around the rectangle shaped park.

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The main entrance to the Cathedral faces West.

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Inside the Central Park young couples smoosh themselves together as much as possible. You can see the Palacio De Capitanes in the background.

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A full view of Palacio De Capitanes.

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An example of a stone angle that comes to life at night to haunt you…

That’s it for the Cultural Landmarks of Antigua. Thanks for looking! And be sure to check out the other photos from my Guatemalan trip if you haven’t already!

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