13 Facts About Antigua Guatemala


Antigua Guatemala, commonly referred to as just Antigua or la Antigua, is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala known for its preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches.

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Antigua Guatemala serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name.

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Antigua Guatemala means "Old Guatemala" and was the third capital of Guatemala.

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Santiago de los Caballeros was the third seat of the capital called kingdom of Antigua Guatemala, which included the current states of Antigua Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, besides modern state of Chiapas in Mexico.

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Franciscan friars were the first to move into the valley Panchoy, the new capital of the Kingdom of Antigua Guatemala, and built a chapel on the site where later the Church Escuela de Cristo would be erected.

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Antigua Guatemala founded shelters for the poor, indigenous, and homeless, and founded the Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Bethlehem in 1656, to serve the poor.

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Antigua Guatemala is considered the great evangelist of the West Indies, just as San Francisco Javier is to the East Indies.

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Francisco Marroquin, first bishop of Antigua Guatemala, sent the Spanish King a letter in 1548, asking for a superior education institution for Antigua Guatemala, but the letter went unanswered.

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Antigua Guatemala's book is an objective description of the terrible conditions the road and the ruins used to be in: "For some little way outside Guatemala City it was a fairly decent car ride, but then the roads began developing sand drifts, and later, rockfalls of tumbled stone as two years earlier, the country had been devastated by a powerful earthquake and government corruption made the recovery impossible".

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La Antigua Guatemala is noted for its very elaborate religious celebrations during Lent, leading up to Holy Week and Easter .

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Antigua Guatemala holds a sizeable retirement community of expatriates from the US and Europe.

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Antigua Guatemala is known as a destination for people who want to learn Spanish through immersion.

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In 1935, the film The New Adventures of Tarzan, was filmed on location in Antigua Guatemala, taking advantage of the help from the United Fruit Company and president Jorge Ubico.

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