Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – A trip to the past in Antigua Guatemala


Sitting beautifully between three volcanoes: Acatenango, Fuego and Agua, Antigua is more than just a fabled colonial, cobblestoned street filled with delicious restaurants, luxury hotels, colorful homes and popular Spanish Schools. It still preserves the same majesty it did when it was the epicenter of Central America‘s power during the 17th and 18th century. Churches and monasteries of all shapes sizes and the remainders (ruins) of the old capital, which was destroyed by the great earthquake on July 29, 1773, are woven into each historical step on each street.

Discover more facts about the tiny, beautiful, colonial city of Antigua Guatemala.

Can’t Miss This

…..* Churches, Catherdals, Monastaries, Convents and Ruins
…..* Central Park (Parque Central)
…..* Volcano Tours
…..* Museums, Monuments and Landmarks
…..* Shop at the local Mayan markets
…..* Spanish Schools
…..* Semana Santa (Holy Week)
…..* Coffee Plantation Tour


La muy Noble y muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros de Goathemala (Antigua) was founded March 10, 1543. This was actually the Spaniards third try at making a capital city in this new founded territory. The first one was Iximche (1524) near the Mayan tribe Kaqchiquel until they rebelled. So it was moved to Ciudad Vieja (1527), until it got caught under a mudslide and the whole city dissappeared.

During its peak, 17th and 18th century, Antigua had an astounding 38 churches plus a cathedral, a university, printing press and newspaper, schools, hospitals and an upper class society of politicians and clergy. In 1773 came the great earthquake destroying most of the Capital and it was finally evacuated and moved to Guatemala City in 1776 completely. After that Antigua was almost forgotten except for the plundering and stealing of building materials and a small community that got left behind.

This community started to thrive and around 1830 began to put effort into Antigua’s renovation and revival. However, it wasn’t until 1944 that President Jorge Ubico declared Antigua a national monument that the city really prospered and became what it is today.

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Did You Know?

It was declared in 1979 by Unesco as a World Heritage site.

Other Nearby Cities:

…..* Jocotenango
…..* Ciudad Vieja
…..* San Antonio Aguas Calientes
…..* San Juan Comalapa

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