My Antigua

Saint Joseph Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de San José) is a Roman Catholic church in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala. The original church was built around 1541, but suffered several earthquakes throughout its history, and the first church building was demolished in 1669.

Lent in La Antigua

First Week of Lent Friday March 3, is the day when the Holy Vigil of the image of Jesús Nazareno de la Salvación in Santa Catarina Bobadilla – where a procession will take place on Sunday the 5th. The Nazarene of Santa Catarina Bobadilla was named Patron Jurado of La Antigua in 2009. The...

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Historical and Traditional Symbols in a Procession

In a procession there are several symbols that are intended to move us to a different time period. The Romans with their costumes, the horses and banners; and as in a parade, all march in two rows on both sides of the streets. With a banner in the middle with the acronym SPQR: “Senatus...

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La Calle de los Pasos

La Antigua is a magical place that even now recalls a time when the capital city of the Reino de Goathemala represented the center point between the two Americas. A time when the streets of the city were laid out – not due to chance, but rather due to knowledge and intuition: a train...

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The Monument of San Agustín

In between 7a Avenida and 5a Calle Poniente in La Antigua you will find a monument that belonged to the convent of the patriarch and doctor San Agustín (and the mendicant order of the same name). It was the Prelate of this order – Don Francisco de Ibarra – who asked the Town Council to...

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El Barrio – A place where different worlds meet & have fun

El Barrio, a complex of bars close to the La Antigua’s central park is not a typical discotheque, nor typical restaurant or a bar. From the moment you enter you can choose between five different bars, each one with their own style, music and offers. The first bar you bump into is The Ocelot...

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124 Years of Chichicastenango’s Convite

Chichicastenango – a city rich in culture, beliefs, and traditions – celebrates the 124rd anniversary of its convite this December 8th. A convite is a costumed dance and parade, and Chichicastenango’s has earned the city several important recognitions including the Order of the Sovereign Congress in 2007, and a declaration recognizing it as part...

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Festival del Aguacate at Casa Popenoe

The Festival del Aguacate is an important event created to commemorate 100 years since the arrival of Wilson Popenoe to Guatemala and his discovery of the delicious avocados that grow in La Antigua and in Guatemala in general. It was during his first trip over here that Wilson Popenoe fell in love with La Antigua...

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The Pilgrim Fountain

As you walk into the Franciscan monastery of this colonial town (otherwise known as the ruins of San Francisco), you might have the impression as you walk through the patio of the first set of cloisters that something is missing. If you really look at the space and the shape of the patio it’s easy...

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La Escalonia

La Escalonia 5a Avenida Sur final #36C (MAP C6) 7832-7074 Every day 8 AM-6 PM At Vivero y Café de La Escalonia in La Antigua, besides being able to acquire beautiful plants and everything you need to care for them, you can also enjoy a good menu, which among other things, offers a Lasagna...

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The loquats of San Juan del Obispo

A níspero (loquat) is a sweet-yet-sour fruit almost the same size and color as an apricot and tends to be sweeter the more mature it gets. In terms of flavor, they are more like a mix between a citrus fruit and a peach, and to eat them most people peel the skin and get...

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