La Antigua Guatemala

Exterior of La Antigua Guatemala near Tikal Futura Hotel
Fountain of La Antigua Guatemala near Tikal Futura Hotel

Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in the south of Guatemala. It is famous for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored after the 1773 earthquake that ended Antigua's 200-year rule as Guatemala's colonial capital. Some outstanding examples of the architecture include La Merced, a low yellow and white church in the Baroque style. It is an integral part of the famous Holy Week in the city, with parades and rituals.

The main tourist attractions of Antigua are the Palace of the General Captains, the Convent and Arch of Santa Catalina, the Plaza Mayor, the Jade Museum, the Old Guatemala Cathedral, the museum of the University of San Carlos, the Holy Route Hermano Pedro, among others. The city is also rich in handicrafts such as typical fabrics, ceramics, silver and gold products, candles, metal products, typical sweets and gastronomy.

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