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Antigua - the old capital

Antigua was Guatemalas capital from 1543 until 1776. When the city of Antigua was destroyed by the great earthquake in 1773 the capital was moved 45km east to the present site of Guatemala city.
It is among the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central America with its old colonial buildings. Its setting amid the three magnificent volcanos Agua, Fuego and Acatenango is superb but made the city the victim of 16 earthquakes and numerous floods and fires.

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Church La Merced

The Church La Merced is one of Antiguas most beautiful buildings from the late baroque area.
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Catedral de Santiago: The Cathedral of Antigua [antigua-church-2.jpg]+

Catedral de Santiago: The Cathedral of Antigua

The east side of th Parque Central is dominated by the Catedral de Santiago. It was founded in 1542 and badly damaged by several major earthquakes. After the great earthquake in 1773 it was only partially rebuilt. Instead of the original ...
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In the shadow of volcano Agua

Its height of more then 3760 m (8,399 ft) makes volcano Agua in the southeast of Antigua visible from almost every point within the city.
The Photo is showing a view from Parque Central (also called Plaza Major)
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Procession passing through santa catalina arch

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Procession

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Procession

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View through santa catalina arch [antigua-street-1.jpg]+

View through santa catalina arch

Santa Catalina Arch spans Calle de Santa Catalina ( 5 Avenida Norte). It is one of the most famous colonial monuments in Antigua and one of the town's landmarks. In the background there is the dome of Iglesia de la Merced.
(c) Frieder Edelhäuser 2005