|Cathedral of Santiago|
For me, the visit to Antigua was something
Earthquakes have shaped the city’s history. From 1543 until 1775, the city was the capital of the country, which at that time encompassed most of Central America. A 1717 quake had destroyed 3000 building, followed decades later with multiple quakes in 1773. Two years later, King Charles III of Spain decided to move the capital to safer ground, the current capital, Guatemala City. Even though the Crown had ordered the city be abandoned, not everyone left.
|Details from San Fransisco|
As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is home to numerous, well-preserved or renovated churches. Wandering around the city, we wondered at the number of large churches but, during the 1770’s, the city was home to around 60,000.
Staying just a couple of blocks from the center of town, we walked toward Parque Central after getting settled into our new hotel. Approaching the center of the city, we found a group of musicians playing in front of the Palace of the Captain Generals, a building, which dates back to 1558. A crowd formed across the street in the Park. Over the next few days, we found a variety of performers entertaining for tips within the popular square.
Walking around the city is easy due to the grid layout, but looking down periodically to assess the
|Details from La Merced, the city's most beautiful church.|
Shopping in the Municipal Market can be a lively and colorful experience. While not nearly as large as the Chichi market, there are wonderful varieties of food items fresh from the farm, one vendor sold nothing but eggs, another sold several types of mangoes, another sold chili peppers, but you could also buy shoes or blenders or just about anything else you might need. In one area of the market, there were a number of merchants chanting out their prices as though they were auctioneers.
|Arco de Santa Catalina with Aqua Volcano in the background|
Wandering the streets of Antigua is a unique experience. We enjoyed our exploring there, but it is now time to return home. Our next trip is undecided at this time, but we'll be sure to take you along.
|Local taking a short break|
|Market place in front of Santa Teresa|
|Monk watching the entertainment at Church of San Francisco|
|Horse carriage and horsemen at Central Park|
|Alan at our favorite breakfast spot|
|One of the city's workman cleaning up the park.|
|Near the finish line of a 5K run|
|Thickness of doors at Santo Calvario|
|Band playing at Palacio de los Capitanes Generales|
|Rooftop next to La Merced with Agua Volcano faintly in the background|
|Church of San Francisco- built in 1579, is the burial place of Central America's first saint,|
|Mime in the park|
|Church and Convent of las Capuchinas|
|Fountain inside convent at La Merced|
|San Jose El Veijo|