history

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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Casa Popenoe

Around the year 1560, on a lot where 6a Calle Oriente meets 1a Avenida Sur, a house was built by Jacomé de Piña. This house did not last long, and by 1615, the lot was again empty. Around 1650, another house was built on the site by a priest named Juan de Torres. Various...

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Monumento 21 de Bilbao

Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa is a Municipality in the Department of Escuintla that is located 34km from the regional capital and 90km from Guatemala City. This Municipality is home to various archeological sites in amongst the cane fields – some of them visible to the naked eye and others underneath the earth – that have...

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The Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Guatemala City – located in Zone 1 next to the Plaza de la Constitución (which is popularly known as “Parque Central”) – is one of the jewels of the capital city’s Historic City Center. Documents of the period say that the space where the cathedral was constructed was reserved on...

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Lent and Holy Week Calendar 2016

FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH FOURTH FRIDAY OF LENT  All day Velación of the consecrated imagen of Jesus the Nazarene of the Tender Gaze Church of Santa Ana All Day Velación of replicas of the Entombed Jesus and the Virgin of Solitude Escuela de Cristo church (MAP F6) All Day Velación of Jesus the Nazarene of...

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El Domingo de Ramos

The celebration of Palm Sunday originated in the 4th century in Jerusalem. Originally, it consisted of visiting different sites and – with a reading that explained what had happened in each place and a remembrance of Jesus’ life – celebrating with prayers and sermons. By the 5th century, the celebration included the blessing of...

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La Reseña del Templo de La Merced

At the La Merced church, the Palm Sunday Mass is celebrated this year on March 20th.  After the blessing of the palms during mass, a procession – known as “La Reseña” – departs the church bearing the consecrated religious statue, or imagen, of Jesus the Nazarene of Mercy. The origin of this imagen dates...

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The Arrin Cuan Tradición in La Antigua

Every tradition has a beginning, and for the Arrin Cuan restaurants, that beginning was a little over 30 years ago when the first restaurant opened with a goal of offering customers only the very best of Guatemala’s vast and varied cuisine. At Arrin Cuan, the food has always been prepared in traditional ways, using...

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Chocolatería SABERICO

Guatemala, Mayan culture, and cacao have been closely linked throughout history, so much so that the Maya incorporated it into their daily life, using it as a means of barter and as a gift to the gods in religious ceremonies. Sabe Rico honors this ancestral heritage – by using only 100% organic Guatemalan cacao...

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Discover Restaurante Del Arco

The Arch of Santa Catalina is one of the most representative icons of La Antigua, an emblem of history that proudly embodies the city’s identity. Just under the arch, in a property of great historical significance, you’ll find Restaurante Del Arco. At Restaurante Del Arco, the past – with an authentic colonial atmosphere –...

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