La Galería

Overflowing with art by Guatemalan painters and sculptors, this gallery functions as both an exhibit space and cultural center, hosting lectures, films and occasional concerts. Started in 1971 by Nan

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Museo del Libro Antiguo

The Museo del Libro Antiguo showcases the greatest hits of the early days of Guatemalan printing, plus a replica of Guatemala’s first printing press, which began work here in the

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Choco Museo

It was the Maya who discovered the culinary uses of the cacao bean, which later became a form of currency for the Aztec empire. These are a few of the

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Palacio de los Capitanes Generales

Dating from 1549, the palace was colonial headquarters for all of Central America, from Chiapas to Costa Rica, until the capital was relocated in 1776. The stately double-arcaded facade that

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Iglesia y Convento de Santa Clara

Established by sisters from Puebla, Mexico, Santa Clara was inaugurated in 1734, destroyed four decades later by the great quake and abandoned. Fortunately some elements of the original structure remain

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Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Merced

At the northern end of 5a Av is La Merced – a striking yellow building trimmed with plaster filigree. The squat, thick-walled structure was built to withstand earthquakes, and three

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Iglesia y Convento de la Recolección

A serene air pervades the remains of the monastery of La Recolección, which stands well west of the center. Erected in the early 1700s by the Récollets (a French branch

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Catedral de Santiago

Antigua’s cathedral was begun in 1545, wrecked by the quake of 1773, and only partially rebuilt over the next century. The present sliver of a church – the parish of

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Cementerio General

Antigua’s municipal cemetery, southwest of the market and bus terminal, is a conglomeration of tombs and mausoleums decked with wreaths, exotic flowers and other signs of mourning. Proatur offers an

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