Jun 27, 2016
In this episode Gary Bembridge of TipsForTravellers.com, provides a historical overview,
need-to-know facts as well as inspiration, advice and tips for
visiting La Antigua Guatemala.
Surrounded by three vast volcanos thousands of metres above sea
level, is the remarkable city of La Antigua. It was the capital of
Guatemala until a series of earthquakes in the 1700s
convinced the Spanish, who controlled the country, to abandon it
and create a new one called Guatemala City. The huge partly-ruined
Cathedrals and grand buildings lay exposed being reclaimed by
nature until people started repopulating it. Today these
magnificent structures are dotted around a quaint, colourful and
fascinating city. Its significance led to it becoming a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
In the podcast hear about the must-see sights including:
- Town Square which includes old key governmental buildings like
the Palace of the Captain's General (Palacios de Los Capitanes) and
City Hall with the Antique Books and Weapons Museum.
- San Jose Cathedral dating back to 1680.
- Colonial Art Museum.
- The temple and convent of Santo Domingo which hosts the
Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Archeology Museum, Silverware Museum,
Modern Glass Museum, as well as Arts and Popular Crafts of
- Capuchinas Convent.
- Santa Catalina's Arch.
- La Merced Church and Convent with gorgeous baroque facade.
- San Jeronimo and Antique Costume House with displays of
indigenous Guatemalan costumes.
- The viewpoint at Hill of the Cross (or Cerro de la Cruz).
- Archbishop Palace Museum, San Juan deal Obispo.
- La Azotea Cultural Centre which houses three museums: K'ojourn
House with Mayan instruments, Coffee Museum and a museum of
regional costume and crafts.
This episode was supported by DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Guides
After listening to the podcast and have any thoughts please
leave a comment on Tipsfortravellers.com/podcast, email me or
leave a review on iTunes.
Subscribe (and leave a review) to the podcast
on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or TuneIn
Want to support the podcast? Consider becoming
a Patron. Find out more at tipsfortravellers.com/patron