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 anchors the south side of the plaza is all that remains of the original complex. Following extensive renovations, the palace now serves as a cultural center with art exhibits and performances.

SOURCE:https://www.lonelyplanet.com/guatemala/antigua/attractions/palacio-de-los-capitanes-generales/a/poi-sig/432122/358404

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